Having sealed 13 cellular service towers for not having the required fire safety arrangements in Gurgaon in June, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MSG) is all set for its second innings on this front.
Starting next week, the two teams would get to the field to verify whether or not the cellular tower owners and maintenance agencies have met all the required norms including the fire safety arrangements.
“Undertaking for 250 cellular towers has been submitted by various agencies who have pledged to have followed all norms. From next week, we are going to send two separate teams to the field and physically verify whether or not these companies have completed the norms as per their undertaking. We would seal the towers on the spot where even a single of the required norms are not met,” said Y.S. Gupta, joint commissioner, MCG.
In June, the MCG had sealed 13 cellular towers that failed to meet the fire safety requirements and posed fire safety threat to the people living around as most of the towers are situated in residential areas. Fire broke out at four of these towers in Sector 10, Udyog Vihar, Patel Nagar and Partap Nagar each. There are about 400 towers in the city.
Gupta said that 13 cellular towers which were sealed by the Haryana Fire Service department posed fire hazards.
In addition to fire safety norms, the cellular towers would be allowed to function if these structures meet the norms on five points. These include completion certificate, structure stability, fee payment, building plan sanction and fire safety certificate.
Before going ahead with the sealing drive in June, the MCG had granted grace period to the cellular operators on their request to compete all formalities.
“We had asked these companies to complete the norms and submit an undertaking on the same. We had told them that our teams would later go to the field and at the site to verify whether or not these companies have completed the norms as per the undertaking filed by them,” Gupta said.
According to the industry experts, the number of cellular towers are going to grow by 60 percent in next couple of years in Gurgaon and towns such Noida, Faridabad and others.
This means greater work for the MCG as it will have more number of cellular towers to keep a tab on.