Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao (R) shakes hand with chairman of India's Aditya Birla Group Kumar Mangalam Birla during a news conference in Mumbai 
on March 20, 2017.
Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao (R) shakes hand with chairman of India's Aditya Birla Group Kumar Mangalam Birla during a news conference in Mumbai on March 20, 2017.

New Delhi: The government today gave final approval to the mega-merger of Vodafone and Idea Cellular which will create the country’s largest mobile operator with 35 per cent market share with around 430 million subscribers.

The move comes just days after Idea Cellular and Vodafone India made a joint payment of Rs 7,268.78 crore ‘under protest’ to the Department of Telecom (DoT) for merging their mobile business.

A senior DoT official privy to the development said that the final approval has been accorded to the merger today and the entities will now approach Registrar of Companies (RoC) for stipulated filings of approvals, completing the last leg of formalities.

DoT gave conditional nod to the merger on July 9 and asked the two to meet the demand raised for taking the merger on record.

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