Bhubaneswar, Dec 24:
Concerned over the mushrooming of telecom towers all over the place in the state capital and other urban localities, the state government has framed new rules for telecom service providers.
In a notification issued on Monday, the Housing and Urban Development department has made it clear that there would be no telecom towers near hospitals and educational institutions.
“No telecom towers can be installed within a 300-metre radius of any heritage site identified by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the State Archaeological Survey authorities. Besides, the telecom providers will not be allowed to install towers within a 100-metre radius of the State Secretariat, Raj Bhawan, headquarters of the commissionerate police, educational institutions and hospitals”, the notification said.
Besides, the department has also clamped restrictions on the construction of these towers near the airport zone, natural drainage sources, railway tracks and National Highways.
The notification, however, has clarified that if there is an indispensable need to install towers in habitation zones, the authorities of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will have to restrict the height of the tower within 35-55 metres before giving permission to the concerned telecom service providers.
The new rules have made it mandatory for telecom providers to obtain no objection certificates (NOC) from the concerned land or house owner, ASI or the State Archaeology department, airport authority, Odisha State Pollution Control Board, state Forest and Environment and Fire Service departments before applying for installation of towers.
For redress of public grievances, the state and district level telecom committees would be formed in which an official of the Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring Cell, director, Municipal Administration, commissioner or executive officer of BMC, representatives of the telecom service provider companies and eminent persons of the concerned localities would be the members.