Mobile phone users in the Capital have been given a breather.
A standing committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) decided on Tuesday not to immediately seal mobile phone towers set up without requisite sanctions. Had the MCD gone ahead, connectivity would have been severely hit.
Instead, the MCD has directed operators who put up these unauthorised towers to get them regularised within a month.
As HT was the first to report, of the 4,532 mobile towers in the city, 2,517 are illegal.
“Ensuring a good mobile network is our concern too,” said Meera Aggarwal, one of the committee members. “We’re not going to advise sealing in a haphazard manner.”
Under the revised policy, municipal buildings will be the first choice for setting up mobile towers on. As far as possible, towers won’t be allowed in residential enclaves. Installation charges have been raised to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh.