VK Saxena, Lieutenant Governor Delhi
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The move towards 5G in the era of digitalisation, the G-20 summit and the Right of Way (ROW) policy already notified in 32 states and union territories has been given the go-ahead by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on Thursday. The notification is expected to be issued soon.
Due to this, there will be no difficulties in the way of infrastructure related to the telecommunication system in the underground and elevated parts. Along with this, facilities for modern telecom services will increase. On the file sent in this matter by the Chief Secretary of Delhi, LG approved this policy in compliance with the Indian Telegraph Rules-2016 and under the National Broadcasting Mission.
According to sources, the file was stuck with the Delhi government since 2020 even after the policy was notified in several states including neighboring states. This policy should have been notified long back. Apart from improving telecommunication services, there could have been many other benefits. Sources say that after the Government of India notified the Indian Telegraph Rules in 2016, the Kejriwal government was flouting it. At the end of the matter, a decision was taken in January, 2020 to prepare a draft policy. Due to non-implementation of this policy, the local bodies could not get due benefits from the telecom operators.
Sisodia sent back the file with a comment
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had sent back the file notifying the policy to the Urban Development with comments. According to LG sources, when the file was placed before him again in September 2022, Sisodia again sent the file to the Law Department for re-examination, resorting to red-tapism. After due investigation by the Law Department, Sisodia was again sent to the Urban Development Secretary on November 1 without giving any reason through Law Minister Kailash Gehlot. In view of the increasing steps and requirements towards 5G as well as the G-20 summit, the Chief Secretary placed this file directly before the LG. Other states and union territories had notified their policies, so the file was placed directly before the LG.