Over 4,000 illegal mobile towers in MCD areas
Over 4,000 mobile towers installed in areas under the jurisdiction of the three municipal corporations in Delhi are illegal, according to official figures. Among the three civic bodies, maximum structures have been found in areas falling under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), with 2,537.
SDMC has 3,670 mobile towers in its area, with the illegal structures among them comprising nearly 70 per cent of the total, leaving just 1,133 of them as legally-installed. SDMC has four zones – South, Central, West and Najafgarh – and <g data-gr-id="20">maximum number</g> of illegal towers have been found in the Central Zone (1,108), the SDMC said. Central Zone also has <g data-gr-id="18">maximum number</g> of mobile towers 1,377.
In areas under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), close to half of the 2,539 mobile towers are installed illegally.
North MCD has six zones –Rohini, Narela, Civil Lines, Sadar Paharganj, Karol Bagh and City. Rohini Zone has the largest number of mobile towers (778) while City Zone, with 184 such towers, has the fewest.
According to a senior official of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), “Nearly 1,300 mobile towers have been surveyed during our inspection and 260 of them were found to be illegally installed.” All three corporations, however, are carrying out sealing drives against illegal mobile towers and officials said, the action against such structures will continue.