More Call Drops Ahead ; 500 Mobile Towers to be Sealed Off

Civic agencies are on a crackdown against mobile cell towers that allegedly violates telecom permission norms. The move could result in more call dropouts in the country, even though residents have expressed their displeasure.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation sealed 17 mobile towers in its area of jurisdiction in the past two weeks, taking the toll to 115 in just two months.

Official data reveals that three divisions of Municipal Corporation in Delhi have sealed 266 towers in the last two months and the total could escalate to 500.

Radhe Shyam Sharma, Chariman of South Delhi standing committee said that there will be measures taken to replace the sealed off towers by identifying municipal buildings that can sustain new ones.

“Before erecting a mobile tower, the structural safety of the building has to be checked. An approval from the municipal corporation is also required. However, as per data, almost 2,537 mobile towers are operating without proper permissions,” said an unnamed high-ranking official while talking to Hindustan Times

Meanwhile, The TRAI has announced a 15-day deadline for telecom players to fix the problem of call drops on Wednesday.

At a meeting held along with top executives from  Airtel, Vodafone , Idea and Reliance, TRAI Chairman RS Sharma rejected telecom companies’ argument of inadequate spectrum as the reason for call drops.

“The argument that spectrum is less is no longer valid because spectrum has suddenly not shrunk; rather, spectrum has increased,” said Sharma.

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