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Almost Half Of Mobile Towers In South Delhi Illegal

Almost half of mobile towers in South Delhi 'illegal'

Almost half of the mobile towers functioning in south Delhi areas are operating without permission from the civic body, reveals the data collected by South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

The executive wing of SDMC has finished the identification and mapping process for the mobile towers and the final data was presented before the standing committee on Monday by its four deputy commissioners. The central zone leads in terms of discrepancies with almost 72% of the towers here operating without civic permission. The committee has ordered that show-cause notices be issued against the violators.

The deputy commissioner of the south zone, Vishwendra Singh, said out of the 954 cell towers in the area, 480 didn’t have SDMC’s permission. “We will now start the reconciliation process of pending dues to be cleared by the cell tower companies,” he said. The deputy commissioner of the Najafgarh zone told the committee that 232 out of the 982 towers in the area were without any permission. The zonal authorities have sealed 34 units while 208 applications for regularisation are pending in this zone.

At the central zone, only 381 of the 1,320 mobile towers are legal. “We have collected almost Rs 4.3 crore in revenue through regularisation,” Singh said. In the west zone, only 612 of the 1,121 towers are legal. “During the process, we have granted permission to 193 mobile towers, collecting Rs 3 crore,” its deputy commissioner said. Eighty-eight towers are lying sealed in the west zone.

TOI had earlier reported about large-scale discrepancies in mobile tower data. On Monday, chairperson of the standing committee, Bhupender Gupta, said, “Officials have been presenting us different data in different reports.” Singh replied that the current report was the most comprehensive ground survey report and should be considered as the final one.

Gupta initially asked officials to seal the illegal towers within next week. But Kamaljeet Sehrawat, former mayor and a member of the standing committee, urged him not to do so to avoid inconvenience to common people.

A house tax department official said these properties should also pay commercial property tax but the building department was yet to give them the information on mobile towers. Gupta said NOC should be taken from the property tax department before regularising these towers. ―Times of India

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