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More cell towers sealed in city

delhi Updated: Mar 18, 2010 00:14 IST
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The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) continued sealing of illegal mobile towers in various parts of the city and sent notices to several other such installations on Wednesday.

The civic body has already sealed 226 cell phone towers

in the past month.

Officials said the drive would continue. While three towers were sealed in City Zone, sources said.

Karol Bagh zone deputy commissioner D.V. Verma said, “They were supposed to seal five towers but did not because there was no police force today. Action would continue tomorrow.”

Officials from the South Zone said they would start taking action on Monday as they

are busy in the demolition drive, while those from the Central zone plan to start sealing

from Tuesday.

In case any of the operators for the 1,532 illegal towers want to apply under the new policy, they still would have to remove the earlier installations if they are on residential buildings.

The civic body issued notices for several such installations across various zones in the city.

Officials said appropriate action would be taken depending on the response.

Even Commissioner K S Mehra reiterated the directives. “I have issued directives to the respective zone officials to carry out action against such towers,” Mehra told reporters after

the meeting of the MCD Standing Committee.

Earlier, the issue of sealing illegal mobile towers was raised during the Standing Committee meeting too.

Additional Commissioner R K Shrivastava updated the Standing Committee meeting about the action being taken against illegal structures.

“We have de-sealed 41 towers of those operators who complied with the formalities of regularising,” Shrivastava said.

In Rohini zone, the MCD had issued notices for as many as 40 towers and sealed them.

However, the operators approached the court, when the court pointed out certain

procedural issues.

“Hence these towers were de-sealed,” a senior official, on conditions of anonymity, said.

Meanwhile, action as per the new policy on mobile towers is yet to begin.

“The day the policy order issued by the Municipal Secretary reaches the respective zonal offices, they would start action as per the new policy,” said a senior official.

Among other things, the new policy clearly mentions that there would be no towers

on hospital and school buildings, keeping in mind health hazards.