DEPARTMENT of TELECOMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY GUIDELINES FOR STATE GOVERNMENTS FOR ISSUE OF CLEARANCE FOR INSTALLATION OF MOBILE TOWERS
(Effective from 01.08.2013)
1. The Indian telecom sector has witnessed phenomenal growth and mobile telephony in particular has revolutionized in the country over the past decade. Providing telephone coverage across the country has been one of DoT’s top priority areas. Out of 921 million connections, 891 million are wireless, as on May 2013. The popularity of cell phone and wireless communication devices has resulted in a proliferation of cell towers across the country. 2. Fixation of standards for exposure limits of radio frequency field emissions from mobile base stations, monitoring their compliance, all radiation related technical issues, issues of Access Service Licence / Infrastructure Provider registration and SACFA clearance for frequency allocation at any location are dealt with by DoT. 3. India has adopted strict limit for radiation from Base Transceiver Station (BTS), as below, which is 1/10th of the International norms (ICNIRP):
Frequency in MHz 900 1800 2100 and above Power density limit 0.45 watt/m2 0.9 watt/m2 1 watt/m2
4. Broad guidelines for issue of clearance for installation of mobile phone towers were issued on 23.08.2012 and later modified on 26.03.2013. Subsequently, on the basis of feedback received after deliberations made with the state government officials and various stake holders on 16.04.2013 and holding further consultations thereafter, the guidelines have been finalized for the state governments. These are detailed in A and B below. These guidelines are issued in supersession of all earlier guidelines on the subject. A. Documents to be submitted by Telecom Service Providers/ Infrastructure Providers for obtaining clearance from local bodies / state governments for installation of mobile towers: I. II. Copy of relevant license / Infrastructure Provider Registration Certificate from Department of...