Mobile towers under tax net

Patna, Feb. 2: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) board today approved a rule to regulate installation of mobile towers across the state after its standing committee approved the proposal.

Following the approval of the Bihar Communication Towers and Related Structures Rules, 2012, the civic body can now impose and realise revenue from cellular service providers which have installed mobile towers between 2010 and 2012.

"With the rules coming into force, PMC can collect revenue from mobile phone companies after ascertaining the exact number of mobile towers falling under its jurisdiction," said PMC commissioner Adesh Titarmare after the board meeting.

He said notices would be served for payment of revenue for installing mobile towers in PMC jurisdiction and punitive action would be taken against defaulters.

Sources said for installing a tower, a registration fee of Rs 50,000 has to be paid apart from an annual renewal fee of Rs 15,000. Rules stipulate that mobile towers can be installed only on commercial buildings and premises and vacant land in municipal corporations, municipalities and nagar panchayats.