New Delhi, Jan. 8 -- The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has sealed 17 cell phone towers in Old Delhi and Narela as part of one of its largest drives.
The recently concluded drive targeted towers that had been set up without requisite permission. The civic body's commissioner also ordered the removal of all towers for which licence fees had not been paid or the corporation had not been contacted for regularisation. Notices have been sent to owners of 124 such towers.
"After the commissioner's order, the sealing will begin. Recently, eight towers were sealed in Old Delhi and nine were sealed in Narela," said a senior official of the civic body.
According to a recent survey by the municipal body, Rohini has been found to have the largest number of illegal cell phone towers (405). Paharganj has been found to have the smallest number of such towers (23).
A total of 1,761 cell phone towers have been identified by the officials after a month-long survey. Of this, 711 towers have been found to be illegal.
The civic body was supposed to seal many more towers last month but on December 14, municipal commissioner PK Gupta met the representatives of telecom companies to discuss the sealing of illegal towers and, after deliberations, gave them 15 days to "either regularise the towers or shift them elsewhere".
A similar survey in east Delhi found that 588 of the 1,470 cell phone towers there were illegal. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation has also started the process of sealing 140 towers.
"The process of sealing 98 towers is in progress in Shahdara north zone of east Delhi and another 42 towers have been selected for sealing in Shahdara south zone," said a senior official.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.