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DIPA welcomes new MP policy to felicitate faster 5G rollout in Madhya Pradesh

Digital Infrastructure Providers Association, the leading telecom industry association welcomes the new policy released by the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh.

The policy aims to facilitate, simplify, encourage, and regulate the process of establishing infrastructure to provide wireline/wireless voice & data access services, particularly in unserved areas, by entities legally authorized and licensed by the Government of India.

The policy aims to provide services to citizens and organizations seeking affordable, reliable, high speed and demand-based voice and data access services. The charges defined in the policy are in line with Central Right of way Rules of 2016 and its amendments of 2021 and 2022. The policy encourages the use of State Owned Infrastructure of the Department of Energy , Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Welcoming the policy, Mr.T.R.Dua, Director-General, Digital Infrastructure Providers Association (DIPA), said,” The newly released MP policy accomplishes a long outstanding demand of the telecom industry and will provide a big impetus to installation of telecom infrastructure in Madhya Pradesh. This will enable provision of 5G services to persons residing in Madhya Pradesh. DIPA applauds the Government of Madhya Pradesh for coming up with a new industry supportive policy in keeping with the aspirations of the customers and technology requirements. DIPA also appreciates the efforts of DoT and National Broadband Mission (NBM) for their resolute approach towards persuading Madhya Pradesh to come on board.”

The policy encourages the deployment of towers, OFC, micro sites , small cells , IBS and use of street furniture for faster rollout of 5G services. The policy also supports the regularization of the existing telecom infrastructure though the rates mentioned ( Rs 20,000/- + Other fee as per policy) are on the higher side. The policy encourages the time bound clearance for both underground and overground telecom infrastructure with a time period of clearance of 3 days for the NOC submitted under the Private Property. The telecom infrastructure installed on the Government and Private land/ buildings would be exempted from the payment of Property Tax to the local bodies under its jurisdiction. There is no need for CLU on the government lands/ buildings on which the telecom infrastructure is installed.

CT Bureau

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