RELIANCE JIO will be fined for putting up “mobile towers on wheels” without permission on government land. Further, the company has given an undertaking not to operate from those places for which permission has not been taken.
After scrutinising the documents submitted by the company last Friday, Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi has ordered the enforcement staff and the corporation to remove the towers on wheels, mostly on government land, that were not permitted.
“They will be fined for it. For some towers, the company did not have any NOC which they were required to take. I have ordered the staff to do a survey again to see whether they are operating from the places they said they won’t,” said the Deputy Commissioner.
The Municipal Corporation on Monday impounded four more gensets of the company installed on government land. Already eight have been impounded. The engineering wing of the civic body now handed over the case to the enforcement wing to carry on the work and impose penalty.
A company spokesperson told Chandigarh Newsline that they did give an undertaking as the permission for some sites was underway. “There were some procedural delays but we are in the process of getting the permission. Until the process is completed, we won’t be operating anything from those sites,” he said.
Later in the evening, the company issued a press release saying “as a responsible corporate, we have always abided by all legal requirements and would continue to do so in future as well”.
“Locations of all our sites are as per the existing Chandigarh tower policy, and we are following all prescribed guidelines for the same,” said the press release. “We are cooperating with the authorities for some additional procedural formalities as per their advice regarding some of our sites.”
As many as 15 mobile towers on wheels have been established on government land without obtaining NOC, as per the survey by MC. The power supply to 15 such mobile towers on wheels has already been disconnected by a team of engineering department of the MC.
The mobile tower policy of the Chandigarh Administration has already been challenged by the cellular operators in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The cellular operators say that as per the Central government policy, none of their mobile towers is illegal and the Chandigarh Administration’s policy has a number of flaws in it.