The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought an explanation from the MCD for increasing mobile tower installation charges from Rs one lakh to Rs 5 lakh. Justice Kailash Gambhir asked for a reply within two days explaining the rationale behind the hike.
The High Court had on May 13 restrained the civic body from sealing illegal mobile phone towers in the capital after the mobile tower operators approached it challenging the decision of the MCD to hike the charges. The court has said no action can be taken against towers till Monday. The mobile operators had contended that the decision of the MCD to hike the charges was "arbitrary" and without any sound basis.
The MCD had started sealing of illegal mobile phone towers after the deadline for operators to apply for regularisation after paying the hiked amount had expired. The MCD had said that out of 5,364 towers in the city, only 2,412 have requisite permission and the remaining 2,952 were illegal in all the 12 municipal zones. The civic body had earlier sealed 300 illegal towers and given several deadlines to the tower operators.