New Delhi: Mobile users in Delhi can heave a
sigh of relief as the MCD on Tuesday said it will not go for a
sealing drive of "illegal" cellphone towers in the city but
maintained that the operators who have erected such structures
will have to apply for regularisation within a month.
As the civic agency`s new policy on mobile towers was
approved by the MCD Standing Committee, the panel`s Chairman
Ram Kishan Singhal said, "We do not want to create a panic
situation in Delhi and disrupt cell network. We will not
launch a sealing drive against illegal towers."
Singhal, however, asserted that all operators who have
erected cell towers without permission will have to apply to
MCD for regularisation within one month. In case of
non-compliance, the structures will be dismantled according to
the policy, he said.
The ruling BJP in MCD also maintained that the health
hazards of cell towers have not been scientifically proved.
"The MCD sought advice from WHO in this matter, which has
opined that considering the very low exposure level and
research results, there is no convincing evidence that the
weak signals from base stations and wireless networks cause
adverse health effects," BJP councillors Vijender Gupta said.
According to the revised guidelines for cell towers, the
amount payable by the service providers to MCD for installing
a tower has been increased from the present Rs one lakh to Rs
5 lakh, said Meera Aggarwal, who headed the sub-committee for
formulation of the policy that submitted its report today.