The Maharashtra government has brought out a new telecom infrastructure policy, which will support its digital ventures.

The policy will help in creating and maintaining the telecom infrastructure for its citizen-centric digital initiatives. The State Cabinet gave its clearance on Tuesday.

A press statement issued by the Chief Minister's office said that State telecom infrastructure services policy is in sync with the Centre’s telecom policy. The State government has taken the policy decisions keeping in mind citizen services based on Jandhan, Aadhaar and mobile services platforms.

Single window clearance

Maharashtra government’s Directorate of Information Technology has been made a single window for obtaining clearances such as Right of Way, which are required for erecting telecom towers, masts and microcells. An online portal would be created for providing all the permissions to the service providers, the statement said.

The State government departments will have a maximum 30-day period to provide permission to the service providers. By July 31, annual plans will have to be provided by the service providers to the State government for laying optical fibre network. The Centre’s norms for electromagnetic radiation will be applicable for all the service providers, the statement added.