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Topfloor residents' approval must for mobile tower in Mumbai

Revised rules require telecom companies to seek permission from people living on top floor of a building for installation of for mobile towers

September 11, 2013 11:20 IST | India Infoline News Service
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday has revised its mobile tower policy with the guidelines issued by the Department of Telecommunication (DoT).

Under the revised policy, approval from the residents living on the top floor of a building is essential for the installation of mobile towers anywhere in Mumbai. Telecom operators will now have to obtain the consent of residents living on the top floor to install mobile towers atop their buildings, BMC added.

The BMC said that the revised mobile tower policy came after the DoT issued guidelines regarding the same on August 1.

According to BMC's policy, approval of 70% residents of a building was required for telecom companies to install mobile towers on any building in Mumbai.

As per the policy, a minimum distance of 36 metres must be maintained while installing mobile phone towers on the rooftops of educational institutions and hospitals. The policy also puts a cap on the number of towers that can be erected on a building to two.

According to a new survey undertaken by BMC, 3,631 of the 4,776 mobile towers in the metropolis are illegal. “The revised policy will soon be tabled before the standing committee for approval,” a BMC official added.

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