The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Thursday sought the views of telecom and tower operators as to how they will implement the government rules for being more environmentally compliant, reports DNA.
This is being considered as softening of stand by DoT which in a communication to the various telecom associations, had said that it was open to dialogue and discussions, “the green technologies in the telecom sector have already been defined. Any discussion in this regard with DoT shall not justify any delay or dilution of the implementation timeline.”
According to DoT’s directives, at least 50 per cent of all rural towers and 20 per cent of the urban ones are to run on hybrid power (renewable energy technology or grid power) by 2015, while 75 per cent of rural towers and 33 per cent of urban towers are to be run on hybrid power by 2020.
Industry bodies representing the sector including Cellular Operators Association of India, Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India and Tower and Providers Association had requested that a committee be constituted to work towards promoting implementation of DoT’s green norms. The committee could have members from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), DoT, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and industry representatives, they asked.
DoT secretary R Chandrashekhar met the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India and Towers and Infrastructure Providers’ Association on Thursday.
Rajan Matthews, director-general, COAI, said the discussion with the government was constructive and the industry will now make a presentation on the action for implementation of the environmental rules.
The main concern of telcos is the deadline set by the government for moving to mobile towers run on hybrid power environmental friendly energy and power grids.