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Red-tape body to monitor expedited tower-building permit process

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) said it is forming a task force to monitor local government compliance with rules expediting the permit process for new common cell towers. Nine government agencies signed a memorandum circular streamlining requirements for securing permits, licenses and clearances to build such towers. Under the new rules, the government plans to reduce the processing time to 16 days from the previous average of eight months. It also plans to cut the number of required documents to 35 from 86.