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MCD to speed up sealing of cellphone towers

delhi Updated: Mar 17, 2010 21:19 IST
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Mobile phone users in the capital may be in for some inconvenience in the coming days with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Wednesday instructing its officials to speed up sealing of unauthorised cellphone towers.

MCD Commissioner K S Mehra directed Deputy Commissioners of the civic body's 12 Zones to take measures to seal 1,532 unauthorised cellphone towers operating in the city.

These cell phone towers have been issued notices and have not replied to the same.

The city has a total of 5,364 mobile towers out of which 2,952 are unauthorised. The MCD has so far issued showcause notices on 1,532 towers to cell companies besides sealing 226 in the past few days.

"I have instructed the Deputy Commissioners to expedite action against unauthorised towers. We had given them one month time to reply. The time is out," Mehra said.

The issue was raised today in the Standing Committee of the MCD which endorsed the sealing action.

The MCD wants cell companies to apply for putting up towers on buildings in the capital.

According to the new policy cleared by the MCD, cell phone operators will now have to pay Rs three-five lakh to the civic body for installing a tower. Presently, cell companies have to pay Rs one lakh in this regard.

These new rated will apply to legal towers when they apply for renewal as well.