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DDA frames rules for cell towers

Mobile phone companies and cable operators will soon be able to install cell towers and dish antenna in areas under Delhi Development Authority.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2006 03:08 IST

Mobile phone companies and cable operators will soon be able to install cell towers and dish antenna in areas under Delhi Development Authority (DDA). The agency has in principle decided to permit cellular and cable operators to install their gadgets in DDA areas after shelling out a license fee.

The agency has framed an elaborate policy to allow such installations. The policy will be placed in the upcoming authority meeting on June 28 for final approval. Till now, such installations were not permitted in areas under DDA's jurisdiction. Other civic agencies like MCD and NDMC already have a policy in place for allowing cellular and cable operators to install cell towers and dish antenna.

"This will not only help us get revenue but we will also be able to keep a check on such installations in our area. The planning commissioner will be authorized to grant all such permission for installation of cell towers," said a senior DDA official.

According to the policy all leasehold properties belonging to DDA - be it commercial, residential and institutional - will have to pay a one time permission fee of Rs one lakh for installation of cellular tower and dish antenna. The fee will have to be paid before permission is granted. The agency will review the permission fee after every three years.

In case of properties owned and maintained by DDA itself like offices and parks, besides the Rs one lakh permission fee, the cellular/cable operators will also have to pay a rental of Rs 30 per square metre per month subject to a minimum of Rs 30,000 per month.

Also the onus of obtaining separate electricity and water connection will be on the licensee who will also have to make security arrangements of the rented premises at his own cost. The licensee will also have to pay all applicable charges like service tax, property tax for the premise that he is using. 

Before the operator is granted permission, the cellular operator will be required to take the structure stability certificate from engineers of institutes like IIT, Delhi, CBRI Roorkee, IIT Roorkee and RITES. Permission will be given to only those cellular operators who have been issued license by the Telecommunication Ministry and have the necessa