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TDSAT issues notice to DoT on Tata Tele plea on additional spectrum

 

Last year, the tribunal had directed DoT to allot start- up 2G spectrum of 4.4 MHz to Tata Teleservices in Delhi and 39 other places, which the DoT has not yet done

New Delhi: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on Monday issued notice to the union government on Tata Teleservices' petitions seeking allocation of additional spectrum for GSM services before the proposed auction of airwaves later this year, reports PTI.
 
Tata Teleservices has also sought start-up spectrum for the Delhi circle and 39 districts across the country.
 
The TDSAT bench, headed by Justice SB Sinha, issued notice to the Department of Telecom (DoT) asking it to file replies with three weeks. It also asked Tata Tele to file rejoinder within two weeks after that.
 
The tribunal's direction came while hearing two petitions filed by Tata Tele. In the first one, the company has sought additional spectrum of 1.8 Mhz before the proposed auction. In the other, it has sought start-up radio waves of 4.4 Mhz in Delhi and across 39 districts in 9 circles.
 
During the proceedings, senior advocate Ramji Srinivasan appearing for Tata Tele submitted that DoT was bound to provide the additional spectrum as per the contract.
 
He also requested the tribunal to direct DoT to inform the company as to what arrangement it would make to adjust the spectrum if its petition succeeds.
 
The matter would come up on 27th July for hearing. TDSAT has also listed a similar plea filed by Anil Ambani Group firm RCom seeking additional spectrum.
 
Tata Tele also opposed GSM lobby group Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), which wanted to be a party in the matter.
 
"COAI was not a party initially...They have nothing much to say in this matter," said Ramji.
 
However, the tribunal said that it would decide on COAI's plea next month and asked the GSM lobby group to file an application in this regard within a week.
 
Last year, the tribunal had directed DoT to allot start- up 2G spectrum of 4.4 MHz to Tata Teleservices in Delhi and 39 other places. However, DoT has not done so yet.
 
A service provider is authorised to get additional spectrum on achieving subscriber-linked milestones as per the existing telecom licence agreement.
 
On 11th June, Reliance Communication (RCom) had approached TDSAT seeking similar relief for GSM and CDMA spectrum.
 
RCom in its petition said that as per its agreement with DoT, telecom licence holder is authorised to get 4.4 Mhz spectrum to start service, and additional 1.8 Mhz after achieving specified subscriber numbers as stipulated in subscriber-linked criteria.
 
The company said it has achieved subscriber-linked criteria and is entitled to get additional spectrum of 1.8 Mhz.

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Anil Agashe

4 years ago

Right decision. If we want the world to respect us we need to play ac active role in resolving world problems.
Critics will criticise the decision but let them be. If we want to be heard we need to be seen doing right things.

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Coal India signs fuel supply agreements with 27 power plants

 

While the PMO is slated to convene a meeting on Friday to iron out issues in the pact, mainly the penalty clause, Coal India has inked fuel supply agreement (FSA) with several power units

New Delhi : State-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL) has entered into fuel supply agreements with 27 power units, including Adani's Mundra Power plant in Gujarat, reports PTI.
 
The signings come even as the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is slated to convene a meeting on Friday to iron out issues in the pact, mainly the penalty clause, which have kept power firms like NTPC from inking the fuel supply agreement (FSA) with CIL.
 
"So far, CIL has signed FSAs with 27 power units like Adani's Mundra," a source close to the development said.
 
"A few days back the coal PSU has entered pacts with six units of Bajaj Hindustan," the source added.
 
Other power units with whom the coal PSU has signed FSAs include Lanco Anpara Power, Reliance Power's Rosa Power Project and CESC.
 
The government had issued a presidential directive to CIL in April to sign FSAs with the power producers assuring them of at least 80% of the committed coal delivery.
 
The directive was given to the PSU, as it did not meet the deadline of 31st March set by PMO for CIL to enter into agreements with power producers which were facing fuel crunch.
 
CIL is to supply fuel to 48 power units as per the directive. Failing to provide power units a minimum of 80% fuel, of the total contracted, CIL will attract a penalty.
 
The PSU had earlier said it was difficult to give a time frame for signing all of the pacts as the company was signing FSA as and when the power companies came forward.
 
The model FSA format includes clauses like penalty of 0.01% in case of failure to adhere to it and 80% trigger level.
 
The minimum penalty clause in the FSA is a bone of contention between Coal and Power ministries, as the power companies are opposed to penalty clause which states that CIL is not liable to pay penalty for the first three years of the pact even if there is supply shortfall.
 
The PMO meeting is to be chaired by Prime Minister's Principal Secretary Pulok Chatterji and likely to be attended by senior Coal and Power Ministry officials, besides chairman and managing director of CIL, S Narsing Rao.

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