Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) has written to Department of Telecommunication (DoT) highlighting that telecom infrastructure provisioning in Rajasthan circle stands still due to an uncorroborated order issued by Department of Urban Development and Housing (UDH).
In a letter to telecom secretary, the association stated that necessary directives to the Urban Development and Housing (UDH) that superseded all the previous policies, be provided and help in regularizing telecom towers in the state.
Post the notification of February 2017 Rajasthan Policy which was more or less aligned with Right of Way rules, 2016 notified by Central Government, extensively supported telecom industry to improve overall network connectivity in Rajasthan circle as the industry installed more than 3200 mobile towers in span of 2 years, 2.5 times more than the deployment rate in the previous 2 years of without any Uniform Policy in the State of Rajasthan.
In addition, the state has made the Standing Advisory Committee on Radio Frequency Allocation (SACFA) certificate mandatory for the tower location while the industry argues that it could only be provided by service providers after infrastructure deployment.
The local bodies, according to provisions currently adhered by the state officials require no-objection certificates from building owners for roof-top tower deployments, and usage of roof would be restricted for other purposes.
While highlighting the issue, Tilak Raj Dua, Director General, TAIPA said “It is rather surprising that Rajasthan was the first state to align their policy with RoW rules, 2016 issued by Indian Government. Now, the Department of UDH has taken totally reversal approach by following their erstwhile policy for telecom infrastructure installations and regularisation of existing of mobile towers and totally negating their own policy of February 2017. It is worth noting that there is no-alignment between various wings of the state government for the execution of the policies.”
According to Dua, the Indian government is taking all the necessary steps to transform the nation into a Digitally led society while retrograde steps like these are destructing the momentum of achieving overarching Flagship programme of Digital India.
Such incidences have totally hijacked the rollout of essential telecom infrastructure eventually restricting the citizens from availing e-governance, e-banking, e-health, e-education and emergency services due to network unavailability, said TAIPA
“India aspires to stand strong with global counterparts by rolling out 5G services in India while these uncorroborated orders puts a halt on the rollout of essential telecom infrastructure which is the backbone for reaping the benefits of any kind of technology whether it is 5G or basic network connectivity”, added Tilak.
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