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Heat on pay phone kiosks

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to crack down on defaulters of pay phones in its secondary switching area (SSA), which includes the twin districts of Singhbhum as well as Seraikela-Kharsawan.

The telecom major has prepared a list that will be soon published in newspapers.

The first list has names of defaulters from Chaibasa and Chakradharpur (West Singhbhum), Ghatshila, Mosabani and Darisole (East Singhbhum).

Confirming this, development general manager of BSNL’s Jamshedpur SSA B.N. Singh said the total outstanding bill stood at around Rs 3.15 crore. “The first list contains names of 16 pay phone operators. They have not paid up for the past couple of years,” Singh told The Telegraph.

According to him, one month’s deadline will be given to them, failing which BSNL would lodge a certificate case with the district court. “We will take legal action if they still fail to pay up. Our officials even went to collect money from the operators, but they could not be traced,” said Singh.

Records available with BSNL’s office suggest that in all, there are 2,682 pay phone operators under Jamshedpur SSA. A majority of them (over 1,500) did not pay BSNL over the past few years.