The Department of Telecom (DoT) had formed a committee to formulate changes in penalty structure for incomplete or delayed submission of EMF radiation documents. The committee is of the view that the current penalty of Rs 5 lakh is too harsh and disproportionate to the level of discrepancy, sources said.

"The present penalty of Rs 5 lakh in cases of such delayed or non submission of documents appears to be too harsh and disproportionate to the level of lapse," the committee is believed to have said. It recommended the operators should be permitted to submit self-certificates for even with some delays.

Sources said the committee has proposed a penalty of Rs 5,000 for delay up to 15 days, Rs 20,000 for delay beyond 15 days to 30 days and Rs 50,000 for delay beyond 30 days. However, with respect to a mobile tower where no self-certificate is submitted beyond 30 days, the committee has proposed shutting down of the site after 60 days.

"In addition to imposition of above Rs 50,000 penalty, the BTS (base tower station) shall be shut down on expiry of 60 days from due date of self-certification, if self-certification is not submitted even within this period," sources said. The new guidelines are to be applied on new towers as well as on those, which are up-graded.

The operators will be also allowed to submit self certification on up-gradation of towers in electronic form. As per the industry bodies, maximum percentage of penalties imposed on towers is due to procedural issues such as delay in submission of reports.

GSM body COAI had earlier said about 99 percent of the penalty imposed on towers for violating norms is due to procedural issues such as delay in submission of reports. "Of the total penalty imposed, 99 percent of them are for procedural issues like delay in submission of certificates, applications, etc," COAI Associate Director Vikram Tiwathia had said.

(Agencies)

Latest News from India News Desk