Section 18 - Publicity of applications
Section 19 - Grant of authorisation
The relevant portions of the decision are below:
"39. We are of the opinion that Section 16 is the source of power as it gives statutory mandate to the Board to issue authorizations. Section 16 also confers monopoly on the Board to issue authorizations. Without notification of Section 16, Board does not have the power to issue authorizations, inasmuch as there would be no ban on other entities from laying, building, operating or expanding CGD Networks.
40. We are further of the view that Sections 17, 18 and 19 of the PNGRB Act are all procedural Sections in aid of Section 16. In fact, Sections 17 to 19 lay down the procedure to be adopted by the Board for inviting applications from entities and selecting the best amongst them. These Sections do not give the Board the power to grant authorisation to an entity which has applied to it. This power is specifically provided under Section 16 of the Act and in absence of non-notification of the same, the Board cannot issue LOI‟s to any of the entities selected by it..."