The Indian telecom department will shortly move a cabinet note on mapping of the land assets directly under its custody and those transferred to its constituents like Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), Telecom Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) and ITI Ltd. This mapping of the department’s land assets will also include the government land holdings in Tata Communications and details of all commercial premises, heritage buildings and land belonging to the telecom department that is disputed or encroached.
The development comes at a time when the Centre is exploring ways to change the current mode of allotment, pricing, allocation and disposal of land assets belonging to the government to ring in more transparency in usage of natural resources.
“We are compiling a master-list of total land assets retained by the telecom department for its own use, land transferred to companies like BSNL, MTNL, ITI and TCIL. We will also include details of commercial property, heritage buildings and land that is disputed or has been encroached,” according to a senior telecom department official.
Source: Economic Times