Most illegal telecom towers to be regularised in Delhi


New Delhi : The capital’s mobile users can heave a sigh of relief for now. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Friday said it would not compromise connectivity and would regularise most illegal telecom towers.

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The final call on the issue will be taken Feb 9.

The MCD estimates that there are around 2,500 illegal towers in the national capital which provide access for various telecommunication services.

“The main thing is that we have to see how to solve the problem without disrupting services,” said Meera Aggarwal, a member of the sub-committee looking into the issue.

Aggarwal said an initial survey, carried out after the sub-committee was formed at an MCD Standing Committee meeting Dec 16, 2009, found that while around 2,000 towers were raised with permission, nearly 2,500 were illegal, including those pending approval.

Last week, the administration in Delhi’s satellite town Noida sealed 125 illegal structures, following which mobile phone users faced a harrowing time with call drops and poor connectivity. The situation was no different Friday.

Aggarwal said the MCD would take no such action.

“There will be no such drastic action of sealing all unauthorised towers. We are mulling over a plan to regularise most of the towers for which authorisation is pending with the MCD,” she said.

“We may have to seal some towers against which there are complaints or haven’t followed procedures. But we will try to ensure connectivity isn’t affected.”

The final report of the committee will be submitted at the standing committee’s next meeting scheduled for Tuesday.