NMC to grant conditional nod for mobile towers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Dec 2018 09:42:28


Staff Reporter,

City has 800 mobile towers

Civic body to generate revenue of Rs 10 cr per annum

As per the directions of Maharashtra Government, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will grant temporary permission for regularisation of mobile towers in city. Nagpur city has around 800 mobile towers and presently, the civic body is not generating any revenue from the towers due pendency of a public interest litigation (PIL) in Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court. It is assumed that the local body will earn Rs 10 crore per annum from the regularisation of the towers for one year.

Sanjay Bangale, Chairman of Estate and Project Committee directed Town Planning Department to start issuing notices to mobile companies for regularisation of the towers.  Bangale, who is close to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, personally took up the agenda with State Government to generate income for NMC by regularising mobile towers. He hoped that this will generate a good revenue for NMC.

Recently, Urban Development Department has issued notification for regularisation of towers in Nagpur. As per the directions, mobile towers will have to obtain conditional permission of the civic body to collect all the documents necessary for the final permission. The civic body will give conditional permission by recovering charges of Rs 2 lakh per annum for tower erected in sanction buildings and Rs 3 lakh for tower erected in unauthorised buildings. They also have to pay 18 per cent interest per annum from the year 2014 to 2018.

Sanjay Bangale also said, if the companies failed to obtain permission in a year, then earlier permission will stand cancelled. He expressed gratitude towards Chief Minister for the decision. Meanwhile, Bangale directed the officers concerned to repair potholes on roads and do videography of the work done to avoid any discrepancy. Bangale said, the Hot Mix Plant should also take samples of road work to maintain quality of the work. The department should give permission to private companies for digging the roads but also examine their work and initiate stern action against them for discrepancies. He said, road permission will generate good amount for cash-strapped local body.

Meanwhile, the hot mix plant has repaired 8,260 potholes while Jet Patcher Machine has repaired 2,352 potholes between April 1 and November 30. Also, Publicity Department is working hard for preparing a new policy for granting permission to hoardings. This will also generate revenue for NMC.

On this, Bangale has directed the officers to initiate action for defacement of government properties.
Deputy Chairman Kishor Wankhede, members Sarita Kawre, Pallavi Shamkule, Deputy Commissioner Rajesh Mohite, Assistant Commissioner Vijay Humane, and Executive Engineer Girish Wasnik also were present in the meeting.