Following the Allahabad High Court’s directions, the Noida Authority on Thursday formed a committee to identify the officials who are responsible for the unauthorised installation of cellphone towers in the city. The committee will also take action against the errant officials and inform the court about the same.
The committee, headed by Deputy Chief Executive Officer C.B. Singh, began scanning old records to identify the officials concerned between 2002 and 2008 when most of the towers were installed.
On February 5, the Allahabad High Court Bench of Justice Prakash Krishna and Justice Yogesh Chandra Gupta, while delivering the order on a petition filed by Idea Cellular, had observed that authority officials were equally responsible for these unauthorised installations.
During the course of the argument, the counsel for the respondents (Authority) had stated that these towers were erected between 2002-2008. When the court asked why no action had been taken then, the Authority counsel did not have any answer.
“By no stretch of imagination can these towers be said to be erected over night. Without the connivance of the Officials of Noida, the erection and installation of these towers, therefore, appears to be not possible. The Noida Authority should have taken disciplinary action for dereliction of duty against such officials who were responsible simultaneously,” the court had observed.
“In the counter affidavit, the Noida Authority is required to disclose the action taken against such officials whose responsibility was to prevent such unauthorized erection. The case discloses the fact that the Noida officials are equally responsible if not more than that for the unauthorized installation of tower, if any,” the court had observed while directing the Authority to submit a counter affidavit within two weeks.
The court had provided three weeks’ relief to the service provider to complete the application formalities and ordered desealing of towers. N.P. Singh, president, Federation of Noida RWA, said, “90 per cent of the fault was of the authority officials here.”