The Punjab government has decided to regularise all telecom towers installed unauthorisedly between December 5, 2013, and December 7, 2020, in an effort to strengthen the telecommunication infrastructure in the state as part of its focus on e-governance and e-commerce.

To this end, the cabinet has decided to extend the scope of provisions under Section 2.0 (I) (a) of the Telecom Guidelines issued on December 7, 2020.

The decision was taken during a virtual cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

According to the Punjab government, the regularisation would be subject to the fulfilment of conditions along with one-time payment of Rs 20,000. The scheme is open for six months.

The state telecom guidelines are aligned to the Right of Way Rules of 2016 issued by the Centre under the Indian Telegraph Act of 1985 on November 15, 2016.