Reacting over the recently revised civic policy for mobile towers, Milind Deora, state minister for I T and Communications, expressed disappointment over the BMC’s failure to incorporate the Department of Telecommunication’s (DoT) revised guidelines.
He has now requested the municipal commissioner to reconsider the revised norms.
“Those who are running the BMC are either ignorant or misinformed about the issue. However, they should get their act together immediately and co-operate with the government to regulate mobile towers,” he said.
“We had been requesting the BMC to wait (before DoT’s revised guidelines) till our revised norms were released, but it is disappointing that they ignored it despite waiting,” said Deora.
The DoT’s revised norms stated that state governments and local civic bodies must seek a no-objection certificate from housing societies each year at the time of renewal of site approval. But this criterion, among other points, was ignored.
“I had hoped that the BMC would play a leadership role among all local bodies in the country but they are disappointing us with their slow-paced movement,” he said.
He also criticised the BMC’s revised policy that gives scope to regulate illegal towers in the city.
He said, “All illegal towers should be pulled down immediately. The BMC must seriously take into consideration safety and health issues concerning its citizens.”