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Uttarakhand telecom infra policy broadly in sync with centre’s RoW rules, says TAIPA

November 29, 2018
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According to the Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA), the telecom infrastructure policy introduced by Uttarakhand government is mostly aligned with the Right of Way (RoW) rules notified by the central government in 2016. However, the imposition of sharing fee of Rs 5,000 per service provider is not in sync with the centre’s RoW rules. With regard to this, TAIPA has said that it will write back to the authorities in order to streamline the same.

Under the policy, the State Level Telecom Committee (SLTC) and the District Level Telecom Committee (DLTC) have been formed to address public grievances and to implement guidelines.

Further, the policy has outlined the creation of an online RoW portal within one year for the overview of RoW approvals.

The policy also states that no coercive actions against towers would be taken without consent from TERM cell, related to EMF issues. In addition to this, no location-based restriction would be imposed for installation of the mobile towers. The policy has also mentioned a 60 day timeline for clearance of application.

According to the new policy, companies have to pay Rs 1,000 as administrative charges for over-ground telecom infrastructure, Rs 5,000 as one-time permission charges and Rs 1,000 per km for underground infrastructure.

The policy has also outlined strict legal action under relevant sections in case of any willful or negligent damage to the telecom infrastructure facility and for causing interruption to the network connectivity.

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