Mobile phone towers will now be allowed on top of government buildings

The report comes from Gurgaon where telecom operators will very soon be allowed to install mobile phone towers on government buildings and land across the city. A district telecommunications committee meeting was held on Tuesday, chaired by Deputy Commissioner Nishant Yadav, where the decision was made. This decision will not only help reduce the number of complaints against mobile towers in residential areas, but also generate additional revenue for the government.

Why on government buildings?

According to a report by ET Telecom, Nishant Yadav, who chaired the committee, said in a statement that it has been reported that installing mobile towers on private properties involves a lot of effort. For this reason, the decision has been taken to allow telecommunications operators to install mobile phone towers on government buildings, which will also help generate additional revenue for the government. He further informed that City Magistrate Darshan Yadav has been asked to prepare a list of government buildings and sites and share it with telecom companies.

In addition to this, to enable MGC to verify the legal status of cell towers, the committee also ordered all telecommunications companies to submit details of all cell towers in the city within one week. Note that telecom operators have three months to regularize their unauthorized mobile phone towers. One estimate suggests that Gurgaon has around 2,000 mobile towers and applications for over 700 more are currently pending with the district administration. The license fee for a mobile phone tower is around Rs 1 lakh per year.

Yadav informed that cell towers will be sealed if telecom operators do not legalize their cell towers within the given time. All departments have also been asked to resolve issues related to pending applications of mobile phone towers within a limited time. Raman Mallik, member of the committee, informed that the plan is to improve the service of mobile networks and internet in Gurgaon with zero waiting, zero illegality and zero revenue loss for the government.

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