BMC to change policy on telecom towers
Mumbai: In a bid to eliminate health hazards and fear of radiation from telecom towers, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to amend its policy.
"We will amend our policy to see that not more than two towers are installed on one building in the city," BMC additional commissioner Aseem Gupta said.
The senior official added that housing societies should decide whether the telecom company towers should be allowed by taking into consideration the health hazards.
BJP corporator Vinod Shelar had raised the issue in the civic body, which was supported by MNS corporator Prakash Darekar.
"Audit should be conducted of those buildings that have got mobile towers," Darekar said adding that those installed illegally should be fined Rs five lakh.
Mayor Sunil Prabhu voiced concerns over radiation from mobile towers and expressed displeasure that the civic administration was not taking cognisance of the complaints filed with them.
Recently, actress Juhi Chawla, in a letter to Union Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology Sachin Pilot, had criticised the revised norms about telecom towers.
"A notification should be issued to fix the distance of mobile towers from residences and also the height at which antennas should be installed," Chawla had said in her letter.