`No deposit, no installation charges' offer launched in rural areas
BSNL organising `reconnection melas' Customers can pay bills through bank account
HUBLI: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), Dharwad Telecommunication District, has plans to set up 49 new Base Transmission Stations (mobile towers) before March as a step towards expanding the BSNL network coverage and ensuring better service.
Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, D.S. Narendra, General Manager, Telecom, BSNL, Dharwad Telecom District, said these were apart from the 22 stations to be installed in Hubli (8), Dharwad (5), Gadag (5), Haveri (2) and Ranebennur (2).
According to the plan, 49 villages in Byadgi, Dharwad, Gadag, Hubli, Hanagal, Ranebennur, Hirekerur, Haveri, Kalghatgi, Kundgol, Mundargi, Nargund, Ron, Navalgund, Shiggaon, Shirahatti and Savanur taluks would have base transmission stations shortly. Work on the stations had begun and were in various stages of completion, he added. Elaborating on the new services and changes in tariff that have been brought into force, Mr. Narendra said the Rs. 100-plan which was until now meant only for employees of Central and State Government and Public Sector Undertakings had been extended to general customers.
He said with the objective of containing the surrendering of landline telephone connections, BSNL had been organising "reconnection melas" and 50 per cent of customers had been brought back into the BSNL fold.
He said with the objective of promoting landlines, BSNL had come out with a "no deposit, no installation charges" offer in rural areas which was applicable in 15 select taluks of the Dharwad Telecom District for a limited period.
The waiting list for landline connections in the telecom district had been cleared in November and new landline connections were being given within fifteen days.
He said the BSNL customers in Hubli-Dharwad could now pay their telephone bills through bank account using ECS facility, under which the bill amount would be automatically deducted from the customers' bank account.
S. Srivastav, Deputy General Manager (Administration and Planning), was present.