All illegal mobile phone towers set up after 2010 will be sealed with the three civic bodies in Delhi deciding to take stringent action against them.
Leading the drive will be East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), which has already given directions to seal about 250 such towers that fall under its jurisdiction. The drive will start after Independence Day.
"The court has ordered a stay on all the cell phone towers set up till 2010 but those that mushroomed in the city afterwards will be sent notices and sealed," said a senior official.
According to EDMC officials, 250 illegal towers were set up after 2010 in the area. "In 2010, there were about 1,000 legal towers and 700 illegal ones. The 250 towers that came up after 2010 will be sealed," said another EDMC official.
South and North Corporations have ordered a survey to find out the number of illegal mobile phone towers that have come up after 2010.
The south corporation had raised the issue during its House meeting on Tuesday. Concerned over the adverse effects of radiation from these towers and over unauthorised buildings and those close to schools and hospitals, the corporation decided to regulate the installation of such towers.
The political wing asked the officials to prepare a report enlisting the exact number of towers under its jurisdiction and shut down the ones that are located close to school and hospital buildings. The officials were also asked to find out how the illegal towers were allowed to come up.
"Based on the report, further action will be taken. Though it is debatable whether the towers pose a health hazard or not, the illegal ones should be removed," said Rajesh Gehlot, chairman, standing committee.
As per the report of the then Commissioner of the unified MCD, there were 5,364 mobile phone towers in MCD area as on April 2010. Of these, 2,412 towers were authorised and 2,952 were illegal.