May 17, 2018

Levy on telephone towers, a headache

Service providers have charged a 10 per cent share of the Rs. 200,000 a month levy on telephone towers from owners of the land and buildings on which those towers are located, reports say.

That is a violation of the agreements between the two sides.

There are a total of 11,192 telephone towers in the country, for which the service providers have to pay more than Rs. 2,238 million a month to the state.

There are proposals to stop the use of the towers in difficult areas that have failed to bring profits.

If that happens, a breakdown of communication in the country is feared.

Presenting the proposal for the levy, the finance minister claimed the aim was to discourage the use telephone towers.