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TAIPA writes to DoT for intervention on the recent order issued by Department of UDH in Rajasthan

July 10, 2019
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Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) has highlighted that telecom infrastructure provisioning in Rajasthan circle stands still due to an uncorroborated order issued by Department of Urban Development and Housing (UDH). Recent order surpasses its own order dated February 2017 for mobile tower installations in the state of Rajasthan and refers to the erstwhile policy dated August 2012 notified by Local Self Government (LSG) under Department of Urban Development and Housing, Government of Rajasthan.

Post the notification of February 2017 Rajasthan Policy which was more or less aligned with Right of Way rules, 2016 notified by Central Government, extensively supported telecom industry to improve overall network connectivity in Rajasthan circle as the industry installed more than 3,200 mobile towers in span of 2 years, 2.5 times more than the deployment rate in previous 2 years of without any Uniform Policy in the State of Rajasthan.

While highlighting the issue, Tilak Raj Dua, Director General, TAIPA said, “It is rather surprising that Rajasthan was the first state to align their policy with RoW rules, 2016 issued by Indian Government. Now, the Department of UDH has taken totally reversal approach by following their erstwhile policy for telecom infrastructure installations and regularisation of existing of mobile towers and totally negating their own policy of February 2017. It seems like the Rajasthan Government is caught up in their own web of orders. It is worth noting that there is no-alignment between various wings of the state government for the execution of the policies. Indian government is taking all the necessary steps to transform the nation into a digitally led society while retrograde steps like these are destructing the momentum of achieving overarching Flagship programme of Digital India.”

Adding on, Dua said “Such incidences have totally hijacked the rollout of essential telecom infrastructure eventually restricting the citizens from availing e-governance, e-banking, e-health, e-education and emergency services due to network unavailability. Today, India aspires to stand strong with global counterparts by rolling out 5G services in India while these uncorroborated orders puts a halt on the rollout of essential telecom infrastructure which is backbone for reaping the benefits of any kind of technology whether it is 5G or basic network connectivity.”

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