DoT launches centralised system for RoW approvals

The Department of Telecommunications has launched the GatiShakti Sanchar portal, which will streamline the process of applications and approvals for road rights (RoW) across the country.

“The portal will serve as an enabler for the goal of ‘easy to do business’ for telecommunications infrastructure operating in line with the vision of the Honorable Prime Minister,” said Telecommunications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw at the launch on Saturday.

The timely sale of RoW applications from various service and infrastructure providers will enable the rapid creation of infrastructure, which would also enable the rapid expansion of the 5G network, he added.

The Minister appreciated the role and cooperation of the states and the Foreign Ministry with the central government in the operationalization of the integrated centralized GatiShakti Sanchar portal.

The portal will enable applicants from various telecommunications service providers (TSPs) as well as infrastructure providers (IPs) to apply to a common portal for road license permits to lay optical fiber cable and to erect mobile towers to states and local bodies.

For effective monitoring of RoW applications across the country, the portal even comes with a powerful instrument panel that shows state and district dependency status.

The portal will smooth out the RoW approval process, which will lead to rapid laying of more optical fiber cable and thus accelerate fiber formation. Faster approvals will also increase the density of the tower, which will improve the connection and improve the quality of various telecom services. The portal will in turn enable increased fiberization of the telecom, and thereby ensure better broadband speeds, across the country.

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