Mobile towers on wheels: Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner orders sealing of Reliance mobile towers if operated without seeking permission

MC may issue a challan of Rs 3,500 per site to the company.

Written by Hina Rohatki | Chandigarh | Published: August 24, 2016 2:52:04 am
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DEPUTY COMMISSIONER Ajit Balaji Joshi on Tuesday ordered the enforcement staff to seal mobile towers on wheels for not having requisite permissions if Reliance Jio continued operating them.

Joshi said that their team surveyed the sites and found that there were 15 mobile towers for which permission had not been taken by the company.

“I have ordered the enforcement staff that if the company continues to operate from the sites for which permission has not been taken, the same may be sealed. Also, I have called for a report to see if these towers on wheels were put up in the peripheral areas as well,” Joshi told Chandigarh Newsline.

The DC also ordered that a check be conducted if permissions were taken for other towers or not.

Meanwhile, the civic body is likely to issue a challan of Rs 3,500 per site to the company for putting the towers on MC land without obtaining any no-objection certificate (NOC).

A company spokesperson said that they had already given an undertaking to the administration that they won’t operate from those sites for which permission had not been taken as of now.

“These are just procedural delays in the entire process. We will get permissions for these sites soon. Till then, we have given an undertaking that we won’t operate from these sites,” said the spokesperson.

A survey by MC found mobile towers on wheels were set up on 15 sites on government land without obtaining an NOC.

The power supply to 15 such mobile towers on wheels has already been disconnected by a team of engineering department of the MC.

On August 17, Chandigarh Newsline reported how the UT Deputy Commissioner has sought a report from the Reliance company to submit all the documents, including permissions, in connection with stationing mobile towers on wheels.

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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 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.

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