Indian Telegraph Right of Way (Amendment) Rules, 2021
- 29 Oct 2021
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Recently, the Central Government has notified the Indian Telegraph Right of Way (Amendment) Rules, 2021.
- The rule aims to incorporate the provisions related to nominal one-time compensation and uniform procedure for establishment of Overground Telegraph Line in the Indian Telegraph Right of Way Rules, 2016.
- Compensation: The amount of one-time compensation for establishment of an overground telegraph line will be a maximum one thousand rupees per kilometre.
- Right of Way (RoW): These amendments will ease RoW related permission procedures for establishment and augmentation of digital communications infrastructure across the country.
- Earlier, the RoW Rules had covered only underground Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) and mobile towers.
- Fees: There will be no fee other than Administrative fee and Restoration charges for establishing, maintaining, transferring or shifting the underground and overground telegraph infrastructure.
- The digital divide between rural-urban and rich-poor will be bridged, in line with the Digital India mission and BharatNet project.
- E-governance and financial inclusion will be strengthened.
- Doing business will be easy.
- Information and communication needs of citizens and enterprises will be fulfilled (including 5G).
- The dream of India’s transition to a digitally empowered economy and society will be translated into reality.