To regularise unauthorised mobile phone tower in the city, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is holding a special camp at its Ambedkar Stadium office complex here on April 20.
The executive engineers of the building department of all the 12 zones of the civic body along with their staff would be available at the camp to guide, help and dispose of cases on the spot.
The service provider companies have installed about 5,364 mobile phone towers under the jurisdiction of the MCD of which only 2,412 had requisite permission and the remaining 2,952 were illegal. As many as 300 mobile towers were also sealed recently for unauthorised operation. However, the companies had been requesting the MCD to regularise their operation.
The MCD had also recently formulated a new policy for installation of mobile phone towers on rooftop and ground level on various premises falling within its jurisdiction. A copy of the policy has been sent to the Cellular Operator Association of India and the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India. An MCD official said: “Those cellular service providers who wish to get their existing mobile cell towers regularised are advised to avail themselves of the opportunity at the camp as per the new policy.”
According to the revised guidelines for mobile phone towers, the amount payable by the service providers to the MCD for installing a tower has been increased from the present Rs.1 lakh to Rs.5 lakh. The MCD has also said that all municipal buildings, including community centres would get priority for site selection for new mobile towers.
Keywords: Regulation of cellphone towers