MCD should conduct a probe into tower sealing: Delhi govt

Last Updated: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 20:53

New Delhi: Amid MCD`s drive to seal
illegal mobile phone towers, Delhi Government on Friday said it
will ask the civic agency to conduct a probe into allegations
of "inconsistency" and "corruption" while dealing with the
issue.

Following allegations of corruption and collusion of
powerful people with cell phone tower companies, Finance
Minister A K Walia informed the Delhi Assembly that he would
ask the MCD to conduct a probe a file a report to the city
government on the matter.
"We will ask the MCD commissioner to investigate the
allegations and file a report to us," Walia said replying to a
discussion on the matter.

Raising the matter under special mention, Congress MLA
Mukesh Sharma alleged that the civic agency was regularly
changing its policy on removal of illegal towers in the city
and that "powerful people in the MCD are benefiting from it."

"A CBI probe should be ordered into the whole issue.
The MCD has been changing its policy quite often....Lot of
corruption is involved in it," he said.

Wondering why applications were received for
regularisation of 100 towers out 1,600 illegal towers, Sharma
also said that such towers were installed in 15 weak
buildings.

"The civic agency had started the sealing but stopped
the drive abruptly. Why there have been so many
inconsistencies. The city government must investigate the
issue," he said.
To this, Walia said it was a "serious allegation" and
Delhi Government would seek a detailed report from the MCD.

Senior BJP leader V K Malhotra opposed Walia`s
statement, saying there was no need for seeking a report on
the basis of the allegation made by Sharma.

The MCD has said it will refrain from sealing illegal
towers till April 16 and offer a single-window service to them
to regularise such structures.

"We will provide a single-window service at all the
12 MCD zonal offices to enable cellular operators get their
illegal towers regularised," MCD Standing Committee Chairman
Ram Kishan Singhal said.

The MCD has sealed about 240 illegal towers in the
capital so far. Officials said out of 5,364 towers in the
city, only 2,412 have requisite permission and the remaining
2,952 were illegal.

The civic body had issued notices to 1,532 cellular
operators, asking them to either apply for regularisation or
remove the towers if they cannot be regularised.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 20:53

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