DoT Asks Delhi Government to Allow Mobile Towers

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With telecom operators blaming lack of mobile towers for the call drop menace, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has approached the Delhi government and the municipal bodies of the National Capital to allow towers.
Recently, the leading telecom players sought intervention of the DoT and sector regulator Trai on the issue pertaining to sealing of mobile towers by three Municipal Corporations of Delhi, stating that the ‘unilateral activity’ was leading to increase in call drops. The Telecom Ministry has also asked the Delhi unit of BJP, which controls MCD, to sort out issues related to de-sealing of the existing towers and installation of new ones, as per reports.

Telcos often complain that illegal sealing of mobile towers by the MCD is one of the reasons for call drops. The operators also claim that some resident welfare associations (RWAs) insist on removing towers due to unfounded fear of radiation.