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BSNL?s new bonanza for big cities only

THE DOWNWARD revision effected in the landline telephone rental by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will be applicable only to the big cities. The subscribers in small towns and villages will not benefit by the BSNL?s new year largesse.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2006 01:02 IST

THE DOWNWARD revision effected in the landline telephone rental by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will be applicable only to the big cities.

The subscribers in small towns and villages will not benefit by the BSNL’s new year largesse.

The BSNL had few days ago announced lowering the telephone rental from the existing Rs 250 per month to Rs 180 per month.

It was silent on the category of consumers that stood to benefit from it. This had lead to various speculations among the consumers.

However, the circular issued by the BSNL headquarters here on Monday put a full stop to all such speculations.

According to the circular, the revised tariff will be applicable to cities and rural areas with one lakh telephones lines or above. Now, the telephone rental in case of a village with one lakh lines and above has been lowered from the existing Rs 210 to Rs 150 per month.

But there is hardly any rural exchange with so many telephones lines.

In case of cities with as many telephone lines, the rental has been decreased from Rs 250 to Rs 180 per month.

In this category will come cities like Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad, Meerut, Agra and similar other big towns.

No other change with regard to number of free calls available to a basic phone subscriber and call tariff has been made.

At present the monthly telephone rental in villages with less than 1000 lines is Rs 50 and Rs 120 in case of a town.

It is Rs 110 and 120, respectively, when telephones lines are more than 1000 and less than 30,000.

And when telephone lines are more than 30,000 and less than one lakh, the monthly telephone rental is Rs 150 in rural areas and Rs 180 in urban areas. All these categories will, however, remain unaffected by the tariff revision.

The revised tariff, as per the circular issued byBharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd’s ADG (Costing-I), NK Dewan came into effect from January 1.