Ahead of the spectrum auction slated to take place from 3 February 2015, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to suggest a reserve price for auction of the 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands across various states in India.The government is looking at a total bid value of ₹25,065 crore from the next round of auction with an aim to earn ₹5000 crore in this financial year.The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has not yet agreed to release 5 MHz of 3G spectrum to the DoT. However, ₹5000 crore rupees revenue mark is possible to attain if the Ministry of Defence releases spectrum in 3G and 4G bands before the date announced. In case the ministry releases the said radio waves, it will be put up for auction in 17 telecom zones, reported Business Standard.The Cellular Operations Association of India has proposed DoT to exchange 15 MHz of spectrum in the 199 MHz band with equal quantum of radio waves in the 3G band of 2100 MHz, which has not been deployed by MoD so far.Additionally, 20-MHz of spectrum in the 2300-MHz band will be auctioned in 19 service areas except in Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. In the 2500 MHz band, the government would auction 20 MHz of radio waves in eight service areas- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.DoT has also said that the government would possibly offer 184 MHz of radio waves in the 900 MHz band across 18 telecom zones and 104 MHz spectrum across 17 circles in the 1800 MHz band.This has been possible after Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Limited (MTNL) gave up the waves allocated to them in 2010.However, in 2010 the government auctioned 3G spectrum but no one could purchase 5MHz of spectrum for all circles in India.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday requested everyone to follow traffic rules and not to do anything illegal.Speaking on the occasion of the third anniversary of the launch of the highly-successful Safe Drive, Save Life (SDSL) project, Banerjee said: “We have launched the Safe Drive Save Life project across the state. We have completed three years of the project and today (Monday) is its third anniversary.” After flagging off a rally by the Kolkata Police to celebrate the event, she informed that the accident percentage has gone down considerably since the inception of the project. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister also announced that the Kolkata Police Hospital will be merged with SSKM Hospital and half of its beds will be available for general people. According to Banerjee, from now on doctors of SSKM Hospital will treat patients of the Kolkata Police Hospital as the government has decided to merge it with the former. Also, 50 percent of the Police Hospital’s beds will be made open for the general public. She also stated that after her government had introduced the project with an intention to create awareness about the rules of the road and how to stay safe, the accident percentage has gone down by 35 percent in Kolkata alone. She also informed that during 2016, a total of 407 people had died due to road accidents across the Kolkata Police jurisdiction. But after commencement of the SDSL, the number of deaths has come down to 294 during the year 2018. “The percentage of accidents and deaths has also come down across the state. Compared to 2016, death and accident percentage has gone down by 17 percent and 27 percent respectively in 2018. Police are doing a good job. Odisha and Jharkhand are also following our project and using the same name,” she added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Chief Minister has also instructed the cops to continue with the naka checking which was started a month ago after former Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta was harassed by a few errant bikers. She stated that everybody must follow the traffic norms and bikers must wear helmets to save themselves. Banerjee also told that police personnel not to harass anyone unnecessarily. She also praised the Kolkata Police and West Bengal Police for their relentless efforts to keep roads smooth for traffic movement across the year despite all odds. Before she flagged of a rally by the traffic sergeants at Harish Mukherjee Street and Benninandan Street Crossing, she visited injured constable Tapan Oraon at the Kolkata Police Hospital who on June 2 night tried to intercept an errant biker in front of a shopping mall on Syed Amir Ali Avenue. Banerjee praised Oraon’s sincerity while doing his duty. After a brief interaction with him, Banerjee handed over a cheque of Rs 50,000 as a reward. She also interacted with other patients in the ward and wished them a speedy recovery.