Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel announced that they will be increasing tariffs from December, although both telcos did not specify the amount of increase.
The telecom companies are reeling under the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling on adjusted gross revenue (AGR), where they have to pay outstanding dues amounting of thousands of crores as fine towards the government.
Bhutan plans to levy charges on tourists from regional countries, including India, Bangladesh and Maldives, who at present are exempted from any charges.
According to the draft prepared by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), the new charges have been necessitated by the sharp increase in tourists from the region, mainly India, who cross over the land boundaries.
Experts say the measures could deter Indian tourists from visiting Bhutan, and may come in for criticism especially from those wishing to visit from bordering states like West Bengal and Assam.