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Friday , March 28 , 2014
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CalTel bid to cut cost

Gautam Chakraborty in Calcutta on Thursday. Picture by Kishor Roy Chowdhury

Calcutta, March 27: Calcutta Telephones has intensified its efforts to cut costs, drive operational efficiency and increase revenue.

The company plans to levy rentals on free phones for subscribers who no longer meet the benchmark of running up a bill of Rs 499 against a primary connection. Notifications to those customers will be sent in the next one month.

The PSU has also decided to consolidate operations within the Calcutta circle and cut costs by vacating some of the rented premises. It has administrative offices in 13 buildings within the circle. Energy efficiency, paperless bill intimation and power conservation measures have also been initiated.

“Since 2006, free phones were given out against a primary line to drive landphone use and to subscribers who run up a bill of Rs 500. The order was not withdrawn. But we are not giving them out at random now. We will levy a Rs 140 rental for those free phones who do not meet the criteria,” chief general manager Gautam Chakraborty said at a session organised by the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce & Industry.