Guwahati, Oct 1 (UNI) BSNL's Assam circle CGM G Rajaram today said sabotage of its optical fibre cables was proving to be a major concern even as it was rapidly expanding its facilities in the state.
Addressing a press meet here, Mr Rajaram announced a slew of concessions for its subscribers for the coming festive season and its various other subscriber-based expanding measures in the circle.
'' Our subscriber base is expanding and we have pledged to provide the best services, '' he said.
Elaborating on the problems BSNL had been facing, Mr Rajaram said, '' Sabotage of our optical fibres is emerging as the biggest headache for the Assam circle. '' He said as many as 499 cases were recorded and FIRs lodged, but none of the miscreants could be nabbed so far.
Among the worst affected by the sabotage was the Lakhimpur-Dhemaji section, which was disrupted three times during the past three days, and Tezpur.
'' If the cuts are due to some construction works, we have nothing to complain. But there has been a regular sabotage and it has become a major concern now, '' he said.
He refused to accuse any individual or rival service provider of being involved in the sabotage, saying police and government would identify the culprits.
He also said work on the 'East-West' corridor was causing disruption of optical fibre cables and the BSNL was studying the feasibility of laying the cables along railway lines in some sectors.
On the connectivity along international border areas, Mr Rajaram said, '' As the Centre has reduced the distance of installing towers to 500 mt away from the border, connectivity has improved in those areas and we are adding more BTSs. '' Referring to the expansion of services and subscriber base in the state, the CGM informed that the customer base had increased to 11.7 lakh, stating that BSNL was providing mobile phone facilities to about 7.5 lakh and landline to 4.7 lakh subscribers.
Out of 23,315 villages with population of over 100, 22,000 villages had been provided with telephone services and only a few villages were left in remote areas, mostly in the hill districts of Karbi Anglong and North Cachar, Mr Rajaram said.
BSNL was also undertaking massive expansion of its broadband services and targetting increase of its broadband customers from the present 11,000 by five times.
Besides, it would offer concession rates and discounts for the customers for the next three months in view of the festive season, the CGM added.