Delhi Lieutenant Governor V.K. Saxena approved the Right-of-Way (RoW) policy statement for underground and above-ground telecommunication infrastructure critical for digitization, wiring and smooth rollout of 5G networks in the national capital. The LG secretariat said on Thursday.
“32 states and UTs have already notified their respective RoW policies, but the national capital has not notified it. However, the Delhi LG removed the notification sent directly to him by the Chief Secretary. “This policy has been stalled since 2020 due to the nonsensical and persistent politicization of the AAP government and its ministers to make it mandatory under the Indian Telegraph Rules, 2016, which was meant to facilitate the implementation of the national broadcasting mission,” said a source.
The RoW policy was supposed to be notified retrospectively, but after the Indian government notified the Indian Telegraph Rules in 2016, the AAP government decided to draft the policy in January 2020.
However, deputy minister Manish Sisodia returned the file to the urban development department, observing that “local bodies, administrative bodies, jurisdictional areas and approval authorities overlap and conflict with each other, so this is necessary”. clearly defined and identified,” the source added in July 2022.
When the file was sent to him again in September, Sisodia “messed it up with personal documents and sent it to the legal department for re-examination,” the source said.
After that, when the file, duly vetted by the law department, came to Sisodia through Law Minister Kailash Gahlot on November 1, he again flagged it to the urban development secretary without any reason, sources said.
Meanwhile, due to the urgency of the matter, the phased rollout of 5G, the upcoming G20 summit, Delhi’s neighboring states and all other states and UTs notifying their policies, this file is dated November 23. In connection with making a notification according to LG directly given by the Secretary General.
LG has agreed to the policy announcement and is expected to announce it soon, sources said.