In a letter to the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), telecom secretary M F Farooqui has urged to speedily clear a compost of incentives to give telecom tower companies a shot-in-the-arm. The telecom secretary has urged DEA to hasten clearances for accelerated depreciation benefits and also pave the way for concessional loans with longer tenures of 12-to-15 years to help cash-strapped tower companies meet capex costs, according to government documents.
Farooqui has also urged DEA to examine whether tower companies can take the overseas borrowings route to meet working capital needs and repay rupee loans. At present, it does not allow repayment of Indian debt through ECBs.
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