On Tuesday, Karnataka minister for urban development and housing U T Khader said that the government was prepared for implementation of state policy on mobile towers. mobile phone operators can have to be compelled to adhere to the new policy, that mandates them to follow varied tips before and when the installation of network towers within the state.
The government can limit operators from installing towers inside a 50-meter radius of schools, religious centers, hospitals and different public places wherever individuals frequent in massive numbers, U T Khader said.
The government has additionally finalized fees to be paid by the operators for the installation of towers within the state. whereas the fee for towers in BBMP limits is Rs one lakh per annum, it'll be Rs 50,000 once a year for all town companies within the state. The fee to install towers in town municipal councils are Rs 35,000 per annum, Rs 25,000 in city municipal councils, Rs 20,000 in taluk panchayats and Rs 15,000 per annum in gram panchayats.
In addition to the annual fee, operators also will need to pay annual revenue to the various native administrations. The principles are applicable for ‘towers on wheels’ that the operators install on special occasions, U T Khader said.
“The state didn't have a transparent policy with respect to the installation of mobile towers. we've got received many complaints from the public with respect to its harmful aspects. Hence, the government in coordination with varied NGOs and telecommunication administrative unit of India (TRAI) has written a policy. Presently the policy is notified. All operators can need to register their towers by paying the fee with the various native administrations. Once the policy is notified, operators are given 3 months time to register their existing towers. The government can take action to remove the towers just in case the operators don't fall in line inside the prescribed amount,” U T Khader said.
Prior to the installation of towers, operators also will get to get a certificate from recognized structural engineers. Meanwhile, committees at district and state levels are going to be formed to seem into numerous complaints with respect to the problem. whereas the deputy commissioners can head the district level committees, a principal secretary is going to be heading the state level committee, U T Khader added.