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Revoke of UTL's writ paves way for information highway


Nepalnews
2024 Feb 07, 15:10,

 The way has opened for the construction of the information highway with the repeal of all the writs registered by United Telecom Limited (UTL).

The joint bench comprising Justices Prakash Man Singh Raut and Abdul Aziz Musalman on Tuesday had annulled the UTL's writ, citing the claims made in the writ could not be sustained.

The UTL had lodged a writ at the Supreme Court after the Nepal Telecommunication Authority refused to renew the contract awarded to UTL for installing the optical fiber following the termination of the project period.

With the latest court order in this connection, the way has opened for NTA to revoke the UTL's license.

The UTL, through Tele Infra Nepal, on 5 May 2019, filed a writ challenging NTA's decision to cancel the contract of the project for laying optical fiber along the Mid-hills Highway and revoke the license also in case of failure to pay the dues.

NTA signed an agreement with UTL on 27 April 2017 for expanding optical fiber in Gandaki and Lumbini provinces with a grant of Rs 2.01 billion from the Rural Telecommunications Development Fund.

As per the agreement, UTL was supposed to construct the telecommunications infrastructures along the Mid-hills Highway from Aarughat of Gorkha to Burtibang of Baglung and in 21 districts of the Gandaki and Lumbini provinces until 27 April 2019. However, UTL could not carry out the required work until the deadline.

The government had, in its budget for the fiscal year 2078-79 BS, stated that the information highway would be developed by laying the optical fiber within two years. A meeting of the Council of Ministers on 15 February 2022 decided to cancel the agreement with UTL after no construction works of the project were done within the deadline.

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