New Delhi: The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Wednesday launched a policy for granting licence to telecom service providers for setting up mobile towers on wheels in areas within its jurisdiction. The aim of SDMC to launch the policy is to generate revenue and provide better mobile connectivity.
The policy allows any new or existing telecom company or service provider having a valid license from the department of telecommunication in the Centre to apply for license for setting up of cell on Wheels (COW) within the jurisdiction of SDMC by paying monthly rental charges of Rs 339 per sq ft per.
According to the policy, the telecom providers would be charged one-time non-refundable administrative charges of Rs 10,000 per COW. The maximum time period of setting up COW is three years, while the minimum time period is three months. The service providers will be required to pay the monthly rental charges as per the land allotted to them for the purpose.
Gyanesh Bharti, SDMC Commissioner, said that under the policy existing COWs have a time period of 30 days to get it regularised, for which they have to pay the arrears from the date of their existence, with penalty as 25 per cent over and above monthly rental charges.
He added that if any COW is found installed without permission, after 30 days of the policy, it would be regularised after the payment of a penalty at 50 per cent over and above the monthly rental charges.
Rent and the penalty will be charged on a monthly basis.