After Noida, cell phone subscribers in Gurgaon, Faridabad and other National Capital Region (NCR) towns in Haryana could face inconvenience.
February 9 is Haryana government’s deadline to comply with the new communication tower bylaws.
Many towers could be sealed or face demolition as these bylaws require shifting of towers from residential areas to commercial or public lands as one of the conditions.
Most of the 500 cell phone towers in Gurgaon are erected in residential areas and area under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).
Enacted for the first time for the entire state, the bylaws entitle the municipal body to decide on the site of the tower and also charge rent.
According to it, the maximum height of these towers can't exceed 30 metres and that, too, subject to the approval of defence, civil aviation and Doordarshan authorities.
The Haryana bylaws were notified on December 10, 2009, by the financial commissioner and principal secretary of the urban local body, S.C. Choudhary.
The bylaws cover already existing communication towers as well as those still to be erected. Applicants were required to apply for the licence to erect and operate towers within two months of the notification.
Municipal commissioner R.K. Khullar said the urban body had the power to demolish towers that did not comply with the notified bylaws.
“We have received only 30 applications after the notification, while about 200 applications for existing towers are already pending,” he added.
Khullar said after receiving the approval of site in a particular zone from the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI), the civic body would decide on the location in the commercial area or a building.
“As per the bylaws, if it is not possible to erect towers in commercial areas, the possibility to install the same at public land or park within residential areas, open spaces or community buildings could be looked into. If not, then we would allow towers on rooftops of residential buildings, subject to certain conditions,” Khullar said.
However, if the municipal body failed to identify the location of the tower within 15 days, the tower could be installed at the alternate site of choice.