The current pandemic situation has shifted the mode of learning, at all levels, from a traditional to a tech-driven environment. However, the lack of adequate connectivity has been hampering the online schooling and college classes of students living in Goa's hinterland which is dotted by blindspots. Following complaints by students, on Wednesday, the Chief Minister of Goa announced incentives for telecom companies so that they set up towers and related infrastructure in the remote areas of the state.
Only 10% of the monthly rent to be paid for 5 years
Goa Telecom Infrastructure Policy 2020 was released by the government to facilitate prompt processing of applications for setting up mobile towers on government property. However, as of now, 144 such applications are pending. Further, owing to high rentals, companies are hesitant to even set up infrastructure in rural areas, thereby, leading to communication blindspots in many areas.
The state cabinet recently approved fresh amendments in the Goa Telecom Infrastructure Policy 2020. As per the latest additions, telecom companies that set up towers in rural areas will have to pay 10 per cent of the monthly rent for the first 5 years and 25 per cent of the rentals after that.
This policy change will be a major incentive as currently, mobile companies have to pay ₹50,000 per month to set up a telephone tower on government property. It is also expected that with this change in effect, the complaints about poor connectivity issues due to which students are forced to walk several miles to find an adequate connectivity spot, shall be speedily resolved.
-With inputs from IANS