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Malegaon BSNL Exchange Power Supply cut for not paying Electricity Bill

BSNL sources said they pleaded with the electricity department but they did not pay any heed to their requests

Tuesday July 2, 2019 3:36 PM, ummid.com News Network

BSNL Telephone Exchange Malegaon

Malegaon: Hundreds of BSNL subscribers, especially students and their parents who are rushing for engineering and medical admissions, suffered heavily in Malegaon as the local electricity department disconnected the power supply of the BSNL Telephone Exchange for not paying electricity bill.

The electricity department disconnected the supply of the Malegaon Telephone exchange on Friday. The BSNL staff tried to run the equipments on generators. But, many telephone towers ran out of power leading to internet service disruption in the city.

"July 03 is the last date of online registration for Engineering and Medical admission in Maharashtra. The DTE and CET Cell server is already slow due to heavy traffic. BSNL service disruption has only added to the woes of the students and their parents", R Anwer, who voluntarily assist students in Online Registration on Admission portal, said while talking to ummid.com.

BSNL sources said they pleaded with the electricity department but they did not pay any heed to their requests.

"The electricity department said the bill amount due towards the Telephone exchange is huge and hence it can't continue supply unless all the dues are cleared", a BSNL staffer said.

According to a rough estimate, electricity dues of the Malegaon Telephone Exchange is more than 07 lakh rupees.

The electricity department restored the supply late in the evening on Monday only after the BSNL cleared the bills. But, the internet service has not yet resumed to its optimal level.

BSNL Crisis

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), a Public Sector Unit, is in deep financial crisis since last few years. The crisis is so deep that once the profit making company today has no fund to pay even the salaries of its staff. It has requested the government's assistance for a financial aid, which in turn has turned to the banks for help.

Meanwhile, the employees union of the ailing company rallied behind the PSU and its management, saying despite its present financial difficulties, BSNL is continuously expanding its mobile customer base.

"In 2017-18, BSNL's mobile customers grew by 11.5%, whereas Airtel's mobile custome rs grew by only 9.5%, Vodafone's grew by 3.8% and Idea's grew by only 3.2%," BSNL Employees Union (BSNLEU), one of the largest union of the PSU, said in a statement.

"Even in April, 2019, BSNL has added 2,32,487 new mobile customers, whereas, Airtel has lost 29,52,209 mobile customers and Vodafone Idea has lost 15,82,142 mobile customers", it said.

Blaming it on the below cost and cut-throat competition, the union said: "BSNL's position is not so bad, as compared to the private operators. As of today, BSNL's outstanding debt is only Rs 13,000 crore. Whereas, Vodafone Idea's debt is Rs.1,18,000 crore and Airtel's debt is Rs 1,08,000 crore".

"Even Reliance Jio is having a huge debt of Rs 1,12,100 crore. Further, BSNL's financial foundations are sufficiently strong. It is having an optic fibre network of 7.5 lakh route km whereas, Reliance Jio's OFC network is only of 3.25 lakh route kilometres, Airtel's OFC network is of 2.50 lakh route km and Vodafone Idea's OFC network is of 1.60 lakh route km," the union said.

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