Now, owner NOC must to set up cellphone tower on building
Mihika Basu : Mumbai, Fri Aug 02 2013, 08:42 hrs
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To set up a cellphone tower on a building, telecom operators will have to obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from its owner or person/s with rooftop rights.
Department of Telecommunications (DoT) guidelines issued and effective Thursday, however, do not require operators to obtain consent of 70 per cent of members of a society, as proposed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in a draft policy.
"Local bodies may seek submission of copy of NOC from building owner/entities having rooftop rights or rooftop tenants in case of roof-based tower/land owner in case of ground-based tower. State governments may seek fresh NOC at the time of renewal of site (tenancy) contract for mobile tower," the guidelines say.
DoT will limit itself to fixing standards for exposure limits of radio frequency field emissions from mobile base stations, monitoring compliance, all radiation-related technical issues and issues of access service licence/infrastructure provider registration.
A DoT official said the state government or the local body can frame stricter guidelines. In other words, BMC can specify the additional requirements operators would need to meet.
Service providers will now have to periodically establish/certify that all general public areas around old and new towers are within safe exposure limits. Violations could attract penalty, or even lead to shutdown. Telecom enforcement resource and monitoring (TERM) cells will have to issue acknowledgment receipts.
The guidelines call for setting up state- and district-level telecom committees, as demanded by citizens, to address grievances relating to installation of towers and telecom infrastructure.
The committees will consist of officers from TERM cells, state administration, representatives of telecom service providers and eminent members of the public.