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Illegal mobile phone towers may be sealed in Delhi: CM Dikshit

CM Sheila Dikshit today said Delhi Government may consider sealing some of the illegal mobile phone towers in the capital if it is found that they may cause health concerns to participants of the Commonwealth Games.



New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
today said Delhi Government may consider sealing some of the
illegal mobile phone towers in the capital if it is found that
they may cause health concerns to participants of the
Commonwealth Games.

Maintaining that the matter was in the domain of civic
agency MCD, Dikshit said Delhi Government may intervene to
ensure removal of the towers "either temporarily or
permanently" if such a health concern was raised.

"It is an issue which should be addressed by the MCD. MCD
has to take action. But if because of these towers, health
concerns for participants of Commonwealth Games are raised,
we will have to intervene. We will have to remove them either
temporarily or permanently," Dikshit said.

The Delhi High Court had on May 13 restrained MCD from
sealing illegal mobile phone towers in the capital after the
mobile operators approached it challenging the decision of
the MCD to hike the charges.

The mobile operators had contended that the decision of
the MCD to hike the charges was "arbitrary" and without any
sound basis.

The MCD had started the sealing of illegal mobile phone
towers after expiry of the deadline for operators to apply for
regularisation after payment of the hiked amount.

MCD had said out of 5,364 towers in the city, only 2,412
have requisite permission and the remaining 2,952 were illegal
in all the city`s 12 municipal zones.

The civic body had earlier sealed 300 illegal towers and
given several deadlines to the tower operators to apply for
regularisation in keeping with new guidelines unveiled by it.

The MCD had on February 9 brought in a new policy on
mobile towers.

According to the revised guidelines for cell towers, the
amount payable by the service providers to the MCD for
installing a tower has been increased from Rs one lakh to Rs 5
lakh.

-PTI

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