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Initiation of 5G Tower Installation Process in MCD Areas Imminent

Approvals have been sanctioned for areas such as Pitampura, sectors 7 and 8 in Rohini, and Patparganj.

By Team Pardaphash 
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The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has commenced granting approvals for the installation of 5G modules at designated sites, having finalized the rates. This initiative aims to enhance mobile connectivity in areas under the jurisdiction of the civic body, as per officials familiar with the matter on Tuesday.

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An unnamed senior official from the MCD mentioned that current street furniture, street poles, electric poles, and public infrastructure will be utilized for the installation of modules for localized 5G equipment.

To initiate the process, five applications have been submitted by operators for establishing 5G network areas, and letters of intent have been granted to four operators, the official stated.

Approved areas encompass Pitampura, sectors 7 and 8 in Rohini (north Delhi), and Patparganj in east Delhi.

A 5G tower, owned or operated by the network owner, is a mast featuring a radio transmitter at its apex. Private operators have the option to lease space on street furniture installed by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

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The fees for the installation of each module on poles or sites, which are anticipated to be numerous across the city, have been established at ₹100 per annum, accompanied by a one-time charge of ₹1,000 per application.

With the 5G equipment covering a smaller area due to high frequency, we anticipate generating a substantial amount of revenue from the setup of these modules, remarked the official mentioned above.

As per the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) policy, permissions for installing small cell towers on MCD-owned and managed street furniture can be granted.

The minimum security deposit per application is set at ₹50,000.

In cases where operators intend to cover multiple areas with a significant number of small cell towers, we have imposed a cap of ₹50 lakh on the security deposit payable by telecom service or infrastructure providers, added the official.

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The charge for installing these small cell towers is ₹300 per year per site. “The rate for establishing overground and underground telegraph infrastructure would be ₹1,000 per kilometer, as outlined in the schedule of the Indian Telegraph Right of Way Rules, 2016,” stated the official.

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