Cell phone towers in Bengaluru to be slapped as illegal

Last Updated at: Nov 04, 2019
Cellphone towers in Bengaluru to be slapped as illegal

In the wake of the recent law that was passed for telecom towers in the city of Bengaluru are being threatened to be removed on or after the month of August 2019. Prior to the passing of this law, no regulations were existent for telecom towers giving rise to its easy constructions. However, this news has sent 90% of telephone operators into panic to submit the necessary documentation. Failure to procure the occupancy certificate will result in destroying the towers by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) after the 29th of August.

N Manjunath Prasad, commissioner of Palike while addressing the media said: “Tower operators have three months to submit the necessary documents for permission. Chances are that many towers are installed on buildings with less than four floors that do not require an OC,” he said. He also said that the BBMP will destroy the telephone towers due to the neglect of this new law in place or for not succeeding to submit the permit within the stipulated timeline of three months. “There is no question of regularising them,” he said.

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Occupational Certificate is mandatory for all residential and commercial which have as many as four floors according to the Building by-laws. With an estimated 10,000 towers in the city mostly operated by American Tower Corporation, Reliance and Airtel, 90% or more are facing a crisis situation.

The most recent guidelines make it obligatory for the telecom operators to present a lot of reports to get consent from the city body and nearby panchayat before granting permissions for the construction of these towers. In the future, if a telephone tower is to be erected on a building, tower administrators should are obligated to submit 15 sets of records, including area plan, site plan, endorse the plan, OC, proprietorship archives, rent agreements and tower drawing, to the specialist.

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