Adraft government order states that telecom companies need to avail licences for their mobile towers within three months. On Tuesday, UT Khader, the minister for urban development and housing, announced that the state government is all set to implement the new policy on mobile towers.
There will be strict guidelines to be followed before and after the installation of network towers. The government will restrict operators from installing towers within 50 meters of schools, religious centres, hospitals and other public places where people frequent in large numbers.
The government also has finalised annual fees to be paid by the operators for the installation of mobile towers.
Till now, Karnataka did not have a clear policy on mobile towers. Khader said, “We received several public complaints on the harm a mobile tower can cause. The state, with the support of various NGOs and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, has drafted a policy, to be notified soon. It will be mandatory for all operators to register their towers by paying an annual fee to local administrations.”
Operators will need a certificate from recognised structural engineers for new towers from now. Committees at district and state levels will be formed to look into various complaints on the issue. At the district level, Deputy Commissioners will head the committee, while the state committee will be led by the principal secretary.