What does the Revenue Office, University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Central College campus, Maharani College, State Public Works Department (PWD) office, Multi-Stories building (MS Building) and BESCOM head office, all of which are located near the Vidhana Soudha, have in common? All of these government offices and bodies have been suffering from the same problem -poor signal strength on mobile phones. Reason?
Private service providers have not been allowed to set up towers in sites which are occupied by government offices.
Several government officials, students and faculty have complained about poor cellular network coverage in the vicinity of KR Circle on Nrupathunga Road, near the Vidhana Soudha. They cannot place a call or send an SMS from their cellphones.
A senior official from the MS building told BM, “This problem has been in existence for many years. We are unable to even send a basic PDF file about an order or communicate with our higher-ups in the Vidhana Soudha or Vikas Soudha. This is not an issue of jammers or anything. The problem is that there are no mobile towers in this area. All the government offices here are facing this problem. Only the signal of BSNL network is strong here. We used landlines most of the times.”
A senior staff in the Revenue Office said that they have been writing letters to the state government seeking proper mobile network.
“The problem here is that private network operators are not allowed to set up their towers anywhere in the vicinity as everything here is owned by the government, including degree and engineering colleges,” he said.
“It is really strange that the matter is coming to light now. We will be meeting with the mobile network operators soon and raise this issue”–BBMP official
Sources said that the government has been refusing to lease the land or give the property to private mobile network operators to install their towers. “The land issue is a key problem here. Colleges here do not want to give the land, because they fear that the government will question them. The government offices do not have permission to allow private network operators to install a mobile tower on their terraces,” said a source. Meanwhile, students from UVCE, which is located right in front of the KR Circle junction, have complained about the problems they face because of poor cellular network coverage. They said that submitting an online assignment/project on the campus was a Herculean task. When contacted, a senior Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike official said, “It is really strange that the matter is coming to light now. We will be meeting with the mobile network operators soon and raise this issue.”―Bangalore Mirror