92733'Policy must cover existing cell towers too'
- Nov 25 10:05 PM
Policy must cover existing towers too
Times News Network
Nov 17, 2012
MUMBAI: The BMC's new draft policy has got mixed reactions from Mumbaikars. While most are glad the civic body has woken up to their fears about radiation and has come out with a stringent policy on new mobile towers, many are disappointed that it is silent on the existing towers and whether these too will come under its purview once their permit expires.
"The draft policy has laid stringent conditions on the new towers, but what about the existing ones? Will these continue to affect the health of residents," asked Jitendra Gupta, founder of Kurla Intellectuals, a citizens' group that has been trying create awareness about cellphone tower radiation. He added the policy should cover the existing towers as well.
When asked whether the policy will cover existing towers, municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte said he will have to check policy wordings and would be able to comment on it only after that.
Meanwhile, Andheri Four Bungalows resident Ashok Khatri, who has been fighting against his society's decision to allow mobile towers, has welcomed the new policy. "Finally, authorities have understood that views of residents of a society are very important before permission is given to a mobile tower operator."