Crux – Indian Telegraph Right of Way (Amendment) Rules, 2021

The Government of India on Friday, i.e. 22.10.2021 has notified Indian Telegraph Right of Way (Amendment) Rules, 2021 to incorporate the provisions related to nominal one-time compensation and uniform procedure for establishment of overground telegraph line in the Indian Telegraph Right of Way Rules, 2016, and it has fixed a cap of ₹1,000 per km.

In earlier notifications it was ₹1,000 only per km, but the State local municipalities have always objected they be charged more and demanded more for the compensation. And, earlier the RoW Rules had covered only underground optical fibre cable (OFC) and mobile towers.

Key Highlights:

  1. Procedures related to Right of Way (RoW) permission for establishment of Digital Infrastructure eased.
  2. Nominal one-time compensation and uniform procedure for establishment of Overground Telegraph Line (OFC) introduced.
  3. No fee other than Administrative fee.
  4. Restoration charges will be charged for establishing, maintaining, working, repairing, transferring or shifting digital infrastructure.
  5. The amount of one-time compensation for establishment of overground telegraph line will be maximum Rs. 1000 per kilometre.
  6. With a robust pan India digital infrastructure,
  • the digital divide between rural-urban and rich-poor will be bridged;
  • e-governance and financial inclusion will be strengthened;
  • doing business will be easy;
  • information and communication needs of citizens and enterprises will be fulfilled;

7. Ultimately the dream of India’s transition to a digitally empowered economy and society will be translated into reality.

Source: Press Release

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CS LALIT RAJPUT

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