Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) said that draft policy of Madhya Pradesh is pending for notification since 2015 impacting its business.
Indian telecom tower companies are also facing issues such as multiple fee levies of up to Rs. 1 lakh, restriction on the location of towers, limited land availability of 100 sq. meters. On Government lands and restriction of mast height up to 20 meters on Government and, lack of Single Window Clearance, multiple NoCs and permission of tower are limited to a period of 5 years only etc.
Tilak Raj Dua, Director General, TAIPA said "The states should align their policies with guidelines issued by a center in order to ensure deployment of critical telecom tower infrastructure across the state. Issues such as call drops, network outage, and connectivity gaps etc. are being faced by the subscribers due to the number of limitations imposed on the mobile tower installation, hindering tower installations across the state."
TAIPA said the Right of Way (RoW) policy dated November 2016 has enabling features such as no restriction on the location of telecom towers, single window clearance mechanism, defined time-period for approvals, an appointment of Nodal officers, nominal administrative fees and deemed approval etc. extensively supporting the Digital India mission.
The visionary programmes of the BJP government such as Digital India and Smart cities are severely impacted due to the absence of uniform comprehensive tower policy aligned with RoW rules dated November 2016 issued by central government.
It is worth highlighting that other Indian states such as Jharkhand, Haryana, Odisha, Rajasthan, and Kerala have aligned their tower policies with the central government guidelines.
Further, Dua added "The development of robust telecom infrastructure is the bedrock for achieving Government's transformational reforms such as Digital India, e-governance, Smart Cities and cashless economy etc. Hence, we request State authorities to align their state policy with DoT guidelines dated 2013 or RoW policy dated November 2016 which will eventually help to realize the dream of Digital India."
Today, Madhya Pradesh has more than 31207 mobile towers mounted with more than 98540 BTSs serving 71.6 million wireless telecommunication subscribers. In the near future, Madhya Pradesh state needs to significantly increase the tower and BTS count in order to connect the unconnected, to ensure seamless network connectivity and rollouts future technologies such as 5G, Internet of Things, Virtual Reality and Artificial intelligence etc. – Giz Bot