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Government to finalise RoW policy by May 2016

March 22, 2016
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In a move that would facilitate the development of telecom infrastructure in the country, the government is planning to finalise the right of way (RoW) guidelines by May 2016.

The RoW rules, to be framed under the Indian Telegraph Act, will enable Indian companies to get land from state governments and local bodies within a stipulated time-frame for setting up towers and underground fibre network. Further, if the company does not get permission within two months from state governments, it will be considered as deemed approval under the proposed rules. The policy is also expected to lay down guidelines which will allow telecom companies to set up towers on government properties such as post offices and district administrative offices.

The right of way policy is one of the key demands of the telecom sector. Most of the telecom companies blame the lack of space for telecom towers for the poor quality of service across the country.  Moreover, the lack of a RoW policy, has led to municipal corporations across the country shutting down telecom towers for various reasons, including non-payment of estate taxes, concerns over electromagnetic radiations etc.

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