JAMMU, Dec 30: Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Kumar has directed the Jammu Municipal Corporation to take action under law in respect of those mobile towers which don’t have the requisite permission.
The direction has been passed in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) titled Navyug Sethi Versus State of J&K and Others.
After hearing Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi with Advocate Paras Gupta for the petitioners, Amicus Curiae Monika Kohli and Deputy AG Raman Sharma, the DB observed, “the counsel for JMC has filed a status report which indicates that there are 360 towers which are either in the residential areas or on the residential buildings within the Jammu municipal limits”.
“However, the counsels for the petitioner have submitted that the list apparently is incomplete because there are many towers, which to their knowledge, have been left out”, the DB further observed and directed the JMC to file an updated list.
“We also notice from the list that there are many towers which don’t have the requisite permission. The JMC shall take action in respect of them in accordance with law and orders passed by the writ court if any”, the DB said, adding “the Department of Telecommunication through its TERM Cell shall have each of the 360 towers, which are located in the residential areas analyzed for the purposes of compliance with the DoT guidelines with regard to emissions and radiations”.
The telecom companies were directed to file their response to the status report submitted by the JMC.