Central Government Notifies Amendment for Telegraph Right of Way Rules, 2021: Indian government fixed a cap of Rupees One Thousand Only per kilometer as the one-time compensation for an overground telegraph line establishment.
Recently, the central government notifies that the Indian Telegraph RoW Rules has amended to incorporate the provision related to nominal one-time compensation and the uniform procedure for the establishment of an overground telegraph line in the last amendment of the Indian Telegraph Right of Way Rules, 2016. The central government has fixed the cap of Rs 1,000 per kilometer as the one-time compensation amount for the establishment of an overground telegraph line.
Key Highlights of Indian Telegraph RoW (Amendment) Rules, 2021
This amendment ease the documentation process of the application for an overground telegraph line of Indian Telegraph Right of Way (RoW), said by the (Department of Telecommunications) Ministry of Communications. The earlier amended Indian Telegraph Right of Way rules covered Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) and underground mobile towers.
The Indian Telegraph Right of Way (Amendment) Rules, 2021 states that other than the restoration charges and administrative fee, there will not be any other fee to establish, maintain, repair, transfer, shift, or work on the underground/overground infrastructure of the telegraph.
What is the RoW?
It is the telecommunication sector that refers to a legal framework to lay optical fiber cables (OFC), set up telecom towers, improve coordination among different companies, and settle disputes.
The new amendment of rules states that it will aid to ease permission procedures related to RoW for augmentation and establishing the infrastructure of digital communications across the country.
With this newly released robust infrastructure of pan-India digital, the digital divide between rich-poor and rural-urban in the country will be bridged, stated by the Ministry of Communications.
The amendment notifies that e-Governance and financial inclusion will be strengthened. The communication and information requirements of citizens will be fulfilled and also ease the doing business. Additionally, the notification also declares that the dream of the transition of India into a digitally empowered economy that a society can be realized.
With the amendment of the Indian Telegraph Right of Way Rules, 2021, the Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) laying clarity will also be available going a long way to establish the necessary infrastructure for rolling out of 5G projects in India.
As the part of Gati Shakti National Master Plan, the amendment rules stipulate that the necessary infrastructure to build at the lowest costs is stated in India’s Cellular Operators Association.