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SDMC to seal nearly 2,800 illegal cell towers

NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Tuesday directed its officials to spot unlawful cell phone towers in its jurisdiction and get started sealing them.

The factor was once raised within the standing committee meeting with councillors blaming officials for delaying the process of figuring out unlawful towers, submitting their details and now not asking telecom corporations to regularise them in spite of a agreement agreement finalised by Delhi top court docket in 2017.

Standing committee chairperson Shikha Rai said, “The officials had previous said they have been acutely aware of the status of 80% of the cellular towers, but have now not submitted their details until date. In a joint meeting with tower operators last yr, the officials had agreed to look into their call for to settle arrears towards the advance cash paid by them. But nothing has came about until date.”

Rai additionally made it clear that new licences would now not be issued to operators except the problem of unlawful cellular towers was once taken care of out.

A senior respectable, at the condition of anonymity, said that in the past six months SDMC has won a minimum of 300 programs from operators for installing new towers. “Though permission was once given in some instances, the process was once stopped after the standing committee chairperson’s instructions,” he added.

There are around four,300 cellular towers in SDMC areas of which around 1,500 are prison. “We are doing a recent survey to spot the exact selection of unlawful towers. In Najafgarh zone, there are 202 unlawful and 429 prison towers. Data is but to be compiled for the opposite 3 zones,” the respectable said. Since 2012, the three municipal companies have sealed loads of unlawful towers for now not complying with rules of Tower Policy, 2010, reminiscent of now not acquiring structural protection certificates.

“The sealing action was once discontinued after cell tower operators challenged the policy in Delhi top court docket. They hostile the increase in licensing charges from Rs 1 lakh to Rs five lakh. A agreement agreement was once in any case signed between the civic bodies and the carrier providers in January 2017,” the respectable said.

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