Punjab cabinet has approved a set of new telecom guidelines under a single-window policy to replace the existing norms.

These guidelines will supersede the Telecom Policy notified on December 5, 2013, and December 11, 2015. According to industry experts, the decision would enable speedier permissions for installation of telecom towers, masts, poles, etc.

The new set of policy guidelines were issued by chief minister Amarinder Singh with a view to ensure timely restoration of roads and other infrastructure damaged by telecom firms.

Under the new guidelines, existing fee structure would be rationalised by replacing the various charges currently being collected by the state. Further, the period of state government permissions has been enhanced from earlier 10 years to 20 years and has been made co-terminus with the clearance of the Standing Advisory Committee on Radio Frequency Allocation (SACFA).

Further, the single-window policy is expected to provide online clearances through Punjab Business First Portal in a time-bound fashion, with the provision of deemed clearances built into the new guidelines. The Deputy Commissioner of the district will be responsible for all clearances and for addressing grievances related to installation of telecom infrastructure.