NMMC pulls down 26 mo­bile tow­ers for not re­new­ing li­cence

Out of the 423 mo­bile tow­ers whose li­cence had ex­pired, only 42 ap­plied for re­newal

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Af­ter is­su­ing re­peated no­tices to 423 mo­bile tow­ers that were listed un­der the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) for re­new­ing their li­cences, the en­croach­ment de­part­ment has de­cided to act tough.

The drive, which started from March 20, de­mol­ished around 26 mo­bile tow­ers in Vashi, Nerul, Turbhe and Airoli.

Of­fi­cials from the town plan­ning de­part­ment said 423 mo­bile tow­ers were listed as au­tho­rised as the li­cences had ex­pired in Septem­ber 2014. Of this, only 42 com­pa­nies ap­plied for re­new­ing their li­cence and the re­newal is in the process. The rest of the 381 mo­bile tower com­pa­nies did not come for­ward even af­ter is­su­ing re­peated no­tices.

“Per­mis­sion is given to set up the tower for a year af­ter which, it needs to be re­newed. Only 42 com­pa­nies have come for­ward for re­newal and even though we had sent at least two no­tices each to the rest of them, none re­sponded. We have for­warded the list to the en­croach­ment de­part­ment for tak­ing ac­tion,” said an of­fi­cial from the town plan­ning de­part­ment.

The ac­tion against il­le­gal mo­bile tow­ers started in Novem­ber 2013 af­ter an RTI in­quiry was ini­ti­ated against sev­eral build­ings in Vashi. The civic body had served a show­cause no­tice to nine build­ings in Vashi to sub­mit doc­u­ments on the le­gal­ity of the mo­bile tower.

THE RULES

The op­er­a­tor should get a no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate from the so­ci­ety where the tower is to be erected. The op­er­a­tor has to get a cer­tifi­cate from a gov­ern­men­tap­proved struc­tural en­gi­neer and main­tain a dis­tance of 70m be­tween two tow­ers.

Kailash Gaik­wad, as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner of the en­croach­ment de­part­ment said ac­tion against all th­ese il­le­gal tow­ers will be taken within a month.

We have di­rected all the ward of­fi­cers in Zone I and Zone II to dis­man­tle 381 mo­bile tow­ers. The ward of­fi­cers have com­plete au­thor­ity to de­mol­ish the tow­ers. KAILASH GAIK­WAD, as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner of the en­croach­ment de­part­ment

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