Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent directive to officials to resolve the issue of frequent call drops, Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu has announced that mobile towers would now be allowed in Central government buildings.
Urban development officials said the lack of adequate infrastructure such as mobile tower especially in metros is one of the primary causes of the cell drop problem. Naidu, said on Thursday, that cell towers can now be propped up on rooftops of buildings and other structures owned by the Central government and managed by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD).
Over the last fortnight, Modi had twice remarked on the issue asking both operators and government officials to chalk out a solution to the issue that, he said, has aggravated over the past few months. Following the concerns raised, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had committed to extending help to operators with regards to granting permission for operators to install their towers on government buildings and allaying fears pertaining to radiation emitted from such towers. Several thousand tower sites have been have been shut down by municipal bodies in major cities due to failure on part of telecom companies to procure the necessary permissions and follow rules pertaining to the structural stability of buildings.
CPWD officials said that they are yet to work out the modalities, lease rentals and other rules for allowing the towers on central government buildings.