Panchkula: Municipal Corporation Panchkula and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) on Friday started a combine anti- encroachment drive in city. Following this drive, MC and HUDA officials took a strict view on unauthorized mobile van towers. The officials removed some of the towers and served notices to home owners and companies flouting norms.
This major joint operation of MC Panchkula and HUDA was led by Lalit Siwach, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation along with Manish Lohan, Estate Officer, HUDA. The action was taken after Residents Welfare Association submitted their complaint regarding this issue. There are many mobile towers along with motorable mobile towers which are being installed at different parts of city without requisite permission and approval.
According to the members of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 12, Panchkula earlier these towers were totally unchecked causing damage to public property. They also stated that these towers damage pavements, paver blocks, parking and other public property further creating traffic hazards and obstructions to pedestrians.
Municipal Corporation, Commissioner, Lalit Siwach said, ‘’We have started a joint operation with HUDA following a anti encroachment drive to remove all unauthorized movable towers in city which are set up without any prior approval. We have removed four to five towers and have also given notice to all companies to remove their assets soon.’’
Earlier also Resident Welfare Association (RWA) members had filed a complaint at CM window stating that radiations from these towers were causing them serious health problems. According to guidelines issued by Haryana government’s electronics and information technology department, mobile phone towers should be installed at a safe and minimum distance of 50metres from the residential area.
Rakesh Aggarwal, president, Residents’ Welfare Association, Sector 12 said, ‘’We have put our issues and problems before Municipal Corporation following which an immediate action was taken by MC along with HUDA. According to the corporation, further steps will be taken to curb this issue and a committee will also be formed to keep a check on this in future.’’
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