There should be no delay in grant of Right of Way (RoW) permissions as it can become a major impediment in growth of communication says K. Rajaraman, Secretary (Telecom, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India in a meeting with state IT secretaries and DoT officers from head office and Field Units.
The meeting was chaired by K. Rajaraman and was attended by Hari Ranjan Rao, Additional Secretary (T); Nizamul Haq, Director General (Telecom); and other senior officers from the Department of Telecommunications.
He stated that there is a direct correlation between low broadband penetration and non alignment of RoW rules in the state/LSA and the problem could be exacerbated in light of planned 5G rollout in near future.
Rajaraman directed all DoT field units to conduct monthly meetings with service providers to review application approval process and pendency and also pursue with the state/municipal authorities.
Secretaries and heads of Department of state governments were also requested to facilitate speedy disposal of RoW applications in their respective states. State Broadband Committees were also requested for their intervention for alignment of the state policy with Central RoW Rule – 2016.
For quick rollout of broadband across the country it is necessary that the telecom and infrastructure companies are able to lay optical fiber cables and install new towers which is possible only if state governments and local bodies provide necessary RoW approvals.