Telecom Operators Ask NDMC To Ease Guidelines For Cell Towers

New Delhi | Updated: Feb 26 2004, 05:30am hrs
Telecom operators are now in talks with the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) in order to have revised guidelines for getting approvals to set up their cell sites (or towers) in the Lutyens Bunglow Zone (LBZ) and NDMC area in Delhi. The operators have been asked to submit a detailed plan about their requirements over the next five years to the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC).

Cell sites are required to receive and transmit signals on various frequencies to and from handsets as well as nearby cell sites.

Officials from both the telecom operators associations Association of Basic Telecom Operators (ABTO) and the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), recently met the NDMC officials over the issue. When contacted ABTO secretary general SC Khanna said, we have already met the NDMC officials and have to submit our requirements to the DUAC.

The guidelines for setting up cellsites in this area are quite restrictive. Its a VVIP area, and they very much require good wireless services, said COAI director general TV Ramachandran. In this backdrop, the operators are going slow on setting up additional cell sites in the LBZ and NDMC area, which houses many important official as well as residential locations like the North Block, South Block, Rashtra-pati Bhavan, among others. With the increasing subscriber base, telecom operators need to set up additional cell sites.

Incidentally, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), had issued guidelines on the issue around three months ago. The guidelines specified clear procedures for getting these approvals.

As per the MCD guidelines, after obtaining consent letter of building owners, the telecom operators have to get structural safety certificate issued from one of the five specified institutions. They include Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi; Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee; Rail India Technical and Economic Services Ltd (RITES), Delhi; National Council for Building Material, Faridabad; Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee.

The telecom operators have been asked to go slow on setting up multiple towers by sharing infrastructure.