Mumbai: After HC rap, BMC may reopen 4G tower policy

  • Vaishnavi Vasudevan, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2015 21:01 IST

After a recent rap from the Bombay high court, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is now likely to reopen the policy that allowed setting up of 4G towers on open spaces. This will mean the Shiv Sena-BJP-ruled BMC’s general body will discuss the proposal again and decide if changes need to be made in the norms.

ena corporator from Colaba Makarand Narvekar moved a notice of motion to reopen the policy that was passed in the general body meeting in August 2014, following protests from citizens and urban planners. Congress corporator Asif Zakaria, too, said he will move a notice of motion demanding the proposal be reopened for discussion and the policy be scrapped.

The civic body had given approval to a telecom company to install 4G towers on 1,160 open spaces. But it received strong objections leading to a non-profit organisation NAGAR moving the high court, demanding a stay on its installation. The court on July 20 this year slammed the civic body for the policy and stayed the installation of any new 4G towers on open spaces.

Sena sources said they are likely to consider discussing the policy again if a notice of motion is moved by any corporator. “Since the issue has been raised by the high court, we may consider discussing it and making necessary changes. However, a decision at the top is likely to be taken,” said a Sena leader, on condition of anonymity.

A policy passed in the civic body is reopened and discussed only when moved by a corporator as a notice of motion. “After suggestions and objections from all members in the house, the necessary changes are told to be made by the mayor. These changes are then made by the administration,” said an official.

“The idea of installing these mobile towers in open spaces must be completely scrapped. Today, one company has been given permission; others, too, will demand the same. The city is already lacking open spaces for public recreation. Its effect because of radiation is worrying,” said Zakaria.

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