The Union Territory (UT) Administration of Chandigarh has reportedly finalised the “Chandigarh Right of Way (RoW) Policy for Telecom Infrastructure (Amendment), 2022” to facilitate speedy installation and running of 5G network in the city. 

According to industry sources, the working committee headed by Nitin Kumar Yadav, home secretary, Chandigarh, followed by the State Broadband Committee (SBC) headed by the UT advisor has approved the policy. It will be notified after the approval of the UT administrator. 

With the amendments, service providers will be able to install the overground 5G poles on government and private immovable properties. Small cells will be allowed to be installed on poles used for electricity, street light, traffic light, utility pole, etc. However, service providers will have to seek permission from the appropriate authority and submit requisite documents such as structural safety, no-objection certificates, and fee. If permission is rejected, the authority will have to record the reasons in writing. 

Further, where the licensee proposed the establishment of poles and/or small cells on private property, the licensee shall not require any permission from the appropriate authority. However, the licensee shall submit a written intimation to the authority, prior to the commencement of such establishment.

A single window system has been created for companies to get all the requisite approval at one place. Only online submission of applications will be allowed on a dedicated portal created by the National Informatics Centre, Chandigarh. The policy intends to promote installation of in-building solutions (IBS), where there is a poor connectivity in terms of weak signal strength inside offices, shopping malls, hospitals, and educational institutions, as the objective is to strengthen the quality of network.