On Friday, the Himachal Pradesh High Court questioned that when the entire world was proceeding or has already moved to 5G technology, why was BSNL trying to procure outdated equipment of 4G.
The Division Bench comprising Hon’ble Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Hon’ble Justice CB Barowalia was hearing a PIL indicating the plight of residents of rural and backward areas in matters regarding internet services.
When BSNL’s counsel stated that BSNL had already called for tenders for the supply of 4G equipment, the same could not be finalised because of objections raised by various government authorities.
Significantly, the Court further stated that no authority or government has the right to say that they will indulge in wasteful expenditure or attempt to waste resources of the State which this Court can check as it is not powerless to prevent such wasteful expenditure.
Therefore, the Court asked BSNL to file a comprehensive affidavit as to why it still wanted to pursue and push for obsolete equipment and would become scrap very shortly.
The case will now be taken up on 21st June, and in the meantime, service providers were directed to ensure that all mobile towers are fully functional and file a compliance report regarding the same.
Counsel who appeared for Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd submitted that Jio has erected around six hundred towers in the last one year and proposed to erect many such towers but was facing difficulties due to stay orders that the courts have issued.
The Hon’ble Court replied that details of such orders should be filed with the compliance report.