Right of way for broadband

India has pioneered this centralised portal (a first for the country). I have been writing about the major bottleneck of “right-of-way” and local municipal rules. This will make the process smooth. This idea is worth emulating for everyone involved in the fiberisation.

Centralised Right of Way Portal

“Sugam Sanchar” is a collaborative institutional mechanism between all stakeholders including Central and State/UT Government(s), Local bodies, and Service Providers to facilitate the Right of Way (RoW) Application Process through a single interface.

Process- from the website

A news report:

department of telecommunications: DoT launches centralised RoW portal Sugam Sanchar, Telecom News, ET Telecom

The centralised portal aims to bring “transparency, accountability and responsiveness to all stakeholders while processing the application”. This will also help in leapfrogging towards “Ease of Doing Business” while maintaining a fast-tracking application process to overcome the challenges of implementation of Right of Way Rules-2016. “This would provide a robust mechanism to achieve our goal of “Broadband to All” as envisaged in the National Digital Communication Policy-2018,” it said.

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