GatiShakti Sanchar: Know all about portal to boost upcoming 5G rollout
"By the vision of Hon'ble Prime Minister, the portal shall operate as an enabler to the purpose of ease of doing business' for telecoms infrastructure works," Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated during the unveiling.
New Delhi: The Department of Telecommunications has unveiled the GatiShakti Sanchar portal, which will centralise and expedite permissions for the installation of fibre and towers, as well as boost the forthcoming 5G rollout. "By the vision of Hon'ble Prime Minister, the portal shall operate as an enabler to the purpose of ease of doing business' for telecoms infrastructure works," Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated during the unveiling.
The Telecom Minister emphasised the importance of legislative protections for Right of Way during the opening of the platform, promising that a strong legal framework will be in place by December of this year.
The RoW laws are currently dependent on an administrative process, and the minister stressed that strong legal underpinning is needed to empower local officials, offer clarity to the fee structure, and fix accountability.
Key features of GatiShakti Sanchar portal
All states and UTs, as well as central government ministries, are covered by the GatiShakti Sanchar portal, which provides a single, integrated, and centralised approach.
The portal will make the approval of rights of way (RoW) easier. As telecom infrastructure, including 5G services, is built, the online platform will assist the industry in applying for RoW permits.
It will speed up the installation of more optical fibre cable, accelerating fiberisation and ensuring improved internet speeds across the country.
It would also hasten the construction of towers, improving connection and the quality of various telecom services.
It will help telecom service providers minimise the time it takes to obtain required approvals, lower expenses, and make doing business easier.
The GatiShakti Sanchar portal was created by the Madhya Pradesh State Electronics Development Corporation.
All stakeholders will benefit from the portal's transparency, accountability, and responsiveness.
The portal will allow telecom operators and infrastructure suppliers to request for Right of Way permissions from state governments and local governments from a single location.
The portal is equipped with a dashboard that displays the state and district-level status of RoW applications for proper monitoring across the country.
Vaishnaw praised state governments for being proactive in streamlining processes "Furthermore, the portal's integration with a geographic information system (GIS) will provide state governments and other organisations with greater visibility into the existing optical fibre mesh and digital networks. The time it takes to approve a RoW has already decreased from 100 to 22 days."
He noted that if the technology and legal requirements are completed, the 22-day cycle could be cut to as little as one week in the future.