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NMMC all set to take action against illegal mobile towers in city

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has decided to take tough action against the illegal mobile towers in the city.

The civic body has been issuing repeated notices to 423 illegal mobile towers that have failed to renew their licence since September 2014.

After the mobile tower companies did not come forward to submit their documents to get their licences renewed, the town planning department on the orders of the higher administrative officials started clamping down on the towers since March this year.

“The licences for all the 423 mobile towers that were listed under the municipal corporation jurisdiction had expired in 2014. After this, we have given them notice thrice to renew their towers. However, only 61 companies have come forward to renew their licence, of which 29 have been renewed and rest are being processed,” said Kailash Gaikwad, assistant municipal commissioner, encroachment department of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation.

Officials said that the 362 mobile towers did not submit the required documents for the permission of renewing their licences.

While a service provider applies to the town planning department of the municipal corporation, the permission to erect the tower is given for a year.

After the completion of a year, the licences need to be renewed and the failure to renew on time attracts a penalty of 18.5% of the agreement value to the company annually.

“We had forwarded the list of the 362 illegal mobile towers to the encroachment department, notifying them to demolish the towers last month,” said a senior official from the town planning department.

“Of these, around 32 mobile towers have been demolished in various nodes such as Vashi, Nerul, Turbhe and Kopar Khairane,” he added.

Officials from the encroachment department said they have forwarded the list to the ward officers in Zone I and Zone II to take a rampant drive and dismantle the 362 mobile towers.

“The ward officers have been authorised to dismantle the towers. However, companies can still come forward to renew the licences by submitting the requisite application form and documents and by paying fines ranging from Rs35,000 to Rs1.25 lakh,” said Gaikwad.

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