RIL is set to this year through its subsidiary Infotel Broadband, according to a report Sunday by the Hindu Business Line (HBL).
The towers would support Infotel's 4G equipment such as base transceiver stations, and video cameras for street surveillance, noted the news daily. It added there would also be lighting equipment mounted on them to allow the towers to double as street lights, citing sources close to the development.
The company is in talks with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to set up about 8,000 such towers in the metro, which if successful will be expanded to other cities, noted HBL.
It noted other countries such as Zimbabwe, China and Japan have been experimenting with such innovations to reduce the cost and space for utilities and services.