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BSNL should adopt new solar backup technology in remote areas of Himachal : High Court

Bringing tribal areas closer through virtual mode, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the state-owned BSNL to replace the outdated solar back-up technology, to address the problem of insufficient bandwidth due to erratic power supply in remote areas. can be resolved. A division bench of Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Justice Chandra Bhushan Barowalia said, “We have been informed by the BSNL official that even though they have solar backup, it is based on old and obsolete technology in which lead acid battery is used. .

Listing the matter for further hearing on July 26, the judges said, it appears that one of the major issues of insufficient bandwidth and/or broadband signal is erratic supply of electricity in backward and remote areas of the state, especially in the tribal area.
In the given circumstances, we are of the view that there is a need to phase out the old and outdated technology and replace the batteries with the latest technology in a phased manner.

The court directed BSNL to prepare a roadmap for installation of latest solar panels in respect of 191 towers, which are located in extremely backward areas of Himachal Pradesh and thereafter get its approval from the respective charters within a period of one month from Monday. get receive. and report compliance on the next date of hearing.
The judges also found that the cable laying rates in the state were probably the highest in the country at Rs 1,600 per metre.

However, Advocate General Ashok Sharma was given four weeks to apprise the court about this aspect.