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The Cabinet cleared setting up mobile towers at cost of around Rs 3,046 crore in nine states affected by naxal violence to improve communication. State-owned BSNL will set up towers at 2,199 locations in the nine states in next 12 months, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said after a Cabinet meeting.
The towers which have been a long-pending demand of the Home Ministry will strengthen the telecom network resulting in increased penetration in the affected areas and other areas facing security challenges, he added.
Ministry of Home Affairs has asked Department of Telecommunications to get project completed by BSNL with a year and said that in the first phase towers should be installed in proximity with security force establishments.