The private telecom operators in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh are going to be a relieved lot. The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed a Punjab and Haryana High Court order on removing cellphone towers installed in residential areas till further orders.
A bench of justices Deepak Verma and SJ Mukhopadhaya gave these order on a plea filed by private telecom operators against the high court order and issued notices to the state governments, asking it to file their response by the next date of hearing.
The private telecom operators had moved the apex court against the high court's order, which had said last week that state governments could demolish the towers that did not comply with the norms.
A division bench of the high court on Monday had asked the state governments to direct all municipal councils, corporations and other local bodies to take action against mobile phone towers installed in residential areas without following the norms. The bench had also directed the administration to file a survey report on towers in Chandigarh.