New Delhi/ LEH: Secretary Information Technology, UT of Ladakh, Amit Sharma happened to visit Ministry of Telecom yesterday to meet top brass in the Ministry wherein he held series of meetings for ensuring 4G Saturation and USOF towers erection in the Union Territory before the onset of Winters 2023.
During the course of meetings with Deputy Director General Telecom Bhagwat Vishwakarma, Director CM BSNL Sandeep Govil, GM BSNL 4G Reena Malhotra and Finance Head Sathish Kumar, Secretary Ladakh Amit Sharma stressed upon the need to install 4G BTS & USOF towers in all remaining spots of the Union Territory in twin districts of Leh and Kargil before the onset of brash winters otherwise the same shall get delayed for a long period leading to long public suffering due to non-connectivity in those areas.
Amit clearly mentioned that it is one of the top-most priority of UT Administration to provision mobile connectivity in all the nooks and corners of the Union Territory and it can be gauged from the fact that LG Brig Dr B.D Mishra (Retd) himself recently held a detailed talk with Union Telecom Minister Ashwani Vaishnav flagging this important issue who assured him for earliest action on same and in fact, this current visit is also a follow-up of same.
IT Secretary Ladakh Amit Sharma also mentioned that necessary clearances were also given to sites falling in forest areas and they also got cleared by National Wildlife Board and finally, requisite Demand Notes have been raised so that tower installation work can expeditiously start on same sites after deposition of requisite fees by BSNL in such cases for which they need to act swiftly.
DDG Telecom Ministry and BSNL Authorities present in the meeting assured IT Secretary Ladakh Amit Sharma during the meeting that all efforts shall be made to meet the target of installing a minimum of 75 towers in remote areas of Ladakh before the onset of winters and they shall mobilise all infrastructure and Human Resources for same in the coming days.
Lastly, before concluding the meeting, Amit Sharma emphasised that it got revealed during recent apex-level reviews taken by Advisor UT Ladakh Dr Pawan Kotwal and even by himself that the vendors of Auction like Jio, TCS and Pace Digitek have to move quickly as they are being facilitated for 4G saturation & raising USOF towers towards which the Ministry officers assured that it shall be reviewed at their end on weekly basis in near future so as to ensure 4G Saturation in Ladakh well within the prescribed timelines.