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Stream I

  • Operation and Maintenance of Village Public Telephones (VPTs) in the villages identified as per Census 1991 and installation of VPTs in the additional revenue villages as per Census 2001.
  • Provision of additional Rural Community Phones (RCPs) in villages with population more than 2000, after achieving the target of one VPT in every village.
  • Provision of additional Rural Community Phones (RCPs) in villages with population more than 2000, after achieving the target of one VPT in every village.
  • Replacement of Multi Access Radio Relay (MARR) based VPTs installed before 1.4.2002.
  • Up-gradation of a Public Telephone to Public Telecom and Information Centers (PTICs) in villages with population more than 2000, for providing data applications including FAX, e-mail, internet besides voice-telephony.
  • Installation of High Speed PTICs (HPTICs) for providing additional facilities including tele-education and tele-medicine at Block Headquarters and in villages with a population exceeding 2000.

Note: Unless otherwise specified by the Central Government, the Secondary Switching Area (SDCA) shall be taken as a unit for the purpose of arriving at the Net Cost for activities specified in items (a) to (e) of stream I.


Stream II: Provision of household telephones in rural and remote areas

For household DELs installed prior to 1st day of April, 2002, the difference in rental actually charged from rural subscribers and rent prescribed by TRAI of India for such subscribers shall be reimbursed until such time the Access Deficit Charges prescribed by TRAI from time to time take into account such difference.

For household DELs installed after 1st day of April, 2002, Capital Recovery, Operational Expenses and Revenue shall be taken into account to determine the Net Cost.

Note: Unless otherwise specified by the Central Government, the Short Distance Charging Area shall be taken as a unit for the purpose of arriving at the Net Cost for activities specified in item (b) of stream II

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Rural Direct Exchange Lines in Punjab as on: 31 March, 2010

  • Total RDELs In Punjab: 882804
  • Number of RDELs Subsidised Under USO:  386673

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