Telecom towers consume over 5 bn litres of diesel a year: Deora

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Diesel consumption in over 5.85 lakh mobile towers across the country could be a whopping 5.12 billion litres a year.

The figure has been arrived after assuming that the towers are using only diesel to meet their power needs.

“TRAI in its report has indicated an average fuel consumption of 8,760 litres diesel every year per tower assuming 8 hours of operation by diesel generator sets,” Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora said in a written reply to Lok Sabha today.

Total carbon emission on account of diesel use by telecom towers is estimated to be around 10 mt of carbon dioxide, he said.

Deora, however, said no study has been conducted by the government to assess the quantum of carbon emission from the mobile towers.

“There are 5.85 lakh mobile towers as on January 31, 2013 in the country and in all the mobile towers, diesel generator sets have been installed as a backup power,” Deora added.

Asked about diesel consumption by telecom sector and loss of revenue to exchequer on subsidised diesel, Deora said actual data for consumption of diesel in the telecom sector is not available.

“Diesel available in the market is being used by operators in operating the cellular mobile towers in telecom sector,” he added.

(This article was published on March 6, 2013)
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The MOSC statement in the Lok Sabha that more than 5 billion litres of diesel is being consumed by the 5.85 lakh cell towers is really shocking and with the frequent increase in fuel charges this amounts to a big figure to the operators and also such huge consumption will need more oil to be imported affecting the country's economy.Why not the Govt. ask the telcos to use solar power to man their towers in which case though there may be initial investment but in the long run it will be viable for them and also the environmental hazards also will come down.This should be thought of seriously both by the Telcos and Govt.

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Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 18:50 IST
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