Expert panel to look into issue of mobile tower: Govt to HC

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 22:19

New Delhi: The Central government Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that guidelines have been framed for issuing licences for installation of mobile phone towers and an expert committee is examining if any violation has been committed by service providers.

In an affidavit to the bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, the government said before installation of towers the telecom service providers are required to obtain necessary permission from local bodies, which are required to ensure compliance of various conditions for allowing them to install towers.

The bench was hearing a public interest litigation petition seeking to bar installation of mobile phone towers on residential buildings following fears that radiation from them could cause cancer to those living within 50 metres from them.

The Centre in its reply said the clearance can be given to telecom service provider or infrastructure provider after local or state bodies verified that "a copy of Access Service License or IP Registration Certificate from Department of Telecommunication" has been provided by them.

The service providers also have to take clearance from pollution control board, fire safety department, state environment and forest department, copy of NOC from building owner and nominal one time administrative fee as may be described by local body to recover its cost on issue of permission for installation of mobile tower.

The government's reply came on a petition by one A S Jain. The petition filed through counsel Sugriv Dubey said the mobile phone towers should not be installed on residential buildings and at public places as recommended by the report of an inter-ministerial committee headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The bench had earlier asked the Central government to file the panel's reports and its suggestions on the issue.

Advocate Dubey had earlier submitted to the court that people were being misled as he was not getting information on radiation from the mobile telephone towers.

"The common man is being kept in dark and the effects of mobile towers are not being brought to the knowledge of the residents of the locality where the towers have been installed, and hence large number of persons are being affected with diseases like cancer and other disease," said the petition.

Radiation from mobile phone towers causes glioma, a type of brain cancer, as reported by the committee before the World Health Organisation, the petition said.

"The international agency for research on cancer has also established that the mobile phone towers are very powerful towers causing different diseases to the persons residing within 50 metres of the mobile towers."


First Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 22:19

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