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No hasty action against cell towers, to find a middle way: MCD

delhi Updated: Feb 05, 2010 20:55 IST

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The MCD will not undertake any hasty action against illegal mobile towers in Delhi and will go for a "middle way" to streamline their unregulated growth without disrupting the services.

An MCD committee headed by councillor Meera Agarwal is finalising a policy to curb illegal cell towers in Delhi. Officials said there are some 2,517 towers in the city set up without taking permission from the MCD.

Agarwal, whose panel will submit the report to the MCD Standing Committee next week, said the civic agency will go for a "middle way", so that there are no health hazards to the residents but at the same time mobile users are not affected.

"We have talked to the RWAs and mobile service providers and will take a decision after consideration of all aspects. No hasty decision will be taken," she said.

A crackdown on illegal cell towers in neighbouring Noida had led to sealing of a large number of such structures after which many subscribers experienced network problems.

A draft policy to tackle the problem of unregulated installation of mobile towers, which was brought before the Standing Committee earlier, underlined that cellular service providers will be able to erect such towers only in non-residential areas. However, permission will be given for setting up towers on multi-storied buildings too, it had said.

Those service providers who have illegally set up towers will have to apply to the MCD for regularisation failing which the structures will be demolished, the draft had said.