The Department of Telecom (DoT) has made it clear that it will not relax the environmental norms set for the sector, which include reducing carbon emission, and switching to energy-efficient telecom towers, despite repeated request from telcos.

In a communication to the various telecom associations, DoT said though 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.”