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Telecom rules

Calcutta, Dec. 28: State governments have been asked to give single-window clearance to telecom service providers for setting up mobile towers, according to guidelines issued by the department of telecom recently.

The move is expected to remove procedural delays affecting telecom infrastructure.

The guidelines, which emerged after talks with state governments, are primarily aimed at allaying fears among citizens about the safety of the towers and their emissions.

The guidelines made a provision for a strict limit on radiation from towers. According to the norms, towers in India cannot emit more than one-tenth of what is allowed globally.

Mobile firms have been facing opposition from the public while putting up the towers. Industry observers said most of the time, the apprehensions were unfounded and were driven by local interests.

The DoT has also sought to prevent concentration of towers in a small place to avoid health hazards. For both ground-based and roof-top towers, the DoT says there shall be no building in front of the antenna.

The new norms also make a case for spot checking and huge penalty if towers are found to emit more than permitted.

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