DB directs JMC to take action against those unauthorized, file updated list
Mobile transmitting towers in residential areas
TNN Bureau. Updated: 1/2/2018 11:07:47 PM

JAMMU: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Navyug Sethi, a law student, seeking direction to respondents to issue appropriate directions to all those Telecom companies to shift/re-locate their Mobile Transmitting Towers from the residential areas to places/areas, specially earmarked and specified for installation as per guidelines as on 10.4.2016 issued by Jammu Municipal Corporation, a Division Bench of State High Court, Jammu Wing, comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Kumar, after hearing both the sides and gone through the status report filed by JMC, observed that it has been noticed from the list that there are many towers, which don’t have the requisite permission and directed the Corporation to take action in respect of them in accordance with law and orders passed by the Writ Court, if any.
When the PIL came up for hearing, the Division Bench added Department of Telecommunications, Government of India as respondent No. 13 and Sindhu Sharma, learned ASGI, accepted notice on behalf of the said newly added respondent.
Division Bench further observed that counsel for JMC has filed a status report, which indicates that there are 360 cell towers, which are either in residential areas or on the residential buildings within the Jammu Municipal Limits.
Sunil Sethi, Sr. Advocate, appearing on behalf of the petitioner, submitted that the list apparently is incomplete because there are many towers which, to his knowledge, have been left out and upon this, the Division Bench directed JMC to file an updated list.

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