New Delhi: The Municipal Council of Delhi (MCD) Thursday initiated the sealing of unauthorized mobile phone towers in Delhi with Karol Bagh being the first locality to be hit in the process.
The sealing began in the presence of police who were deployed to thwart any attempt to disturb law and order in the wake of the decision.
Media reports state that it may have begun in other places of the city as well and since it was shrouded in secrecy, so far only Karol Bagh case has come to light.
"The MCD commissioner will have the right to withdraw the sanction to any mobile tower at any time. We are also planning to propose third-party insurance for the mobile towers," said a senior MCD official who didn't wish to be named.
As part of the norms of the new cellular tower policy which was approved by the MCD recently, cell phone operators will also have to shell out more to install towers in the city. Currently, the MCD gets Rs 1 lakh from the operators to install a tower. This rate has been increased between Rs 3 and 5 lakh depending on how many cellular providers are sharing one tower.
First Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010, 14:20