The Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association  (TAIPA) is disappointed that the Union Budget provided no relief measures for the debt-ridden telecom sector.

As per TAIPA, the industry had been hoping for support from the budget on the alignment of Department of Telecommunications (DoT)-issued right of way (RoW) rules in every state, an issue that has been pending for the last three to four years.

Further, TAIPA mentioned that out of 37 States/ Union territory (UTs), only 16 states have broadly aligned their policy with RoW Rules 2016.

Representatives of TAIPA have been making efforts for the implementation of the policy through joint meeting, submissions with various advisories and directions by the DoT, but no action has been taken by the various state governments in these many years, the association added.