Probe DDA decision to allow installing of telecom towers: AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday demanded a probe into the Delhi Development Authority's decision to allow installation of at least 450 private telecom towers in its parks in residential areas across the national capital.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 11, 2014, 22:18 PM IST

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday demanded a probe into the Delhi Development Authority's decision to allow installation of at least 450 private telecom towers in its parks in residential areas across the national capital.

The party claimed that it has received complaints from residents of Dwarka that in at least 45 neighbourhood parks of the area, DDA has granted permission to set up mobile telecom towers and the installation work has been started.

"According to the DDA notification, it is clear that it is proposed to set up at least 450 such towers across Delhi.

"The DDA action violates the Rajasthan High Court judgement

of November 2012, which was upheld by the Supreme Court that mobile towers cannot be installed in the vicinity of children playgrounds, schools and hospitals, citing emission of electromagnetic radiations," the party said in a statement.

It alleged that the DDA made the decision "under pressure" as no installation which poses a health hazard can be allowed in any residential area.

"According to the Rajasthan High Court verdict, upheld by the Supreme Court, radiations emitted from mobile base towers are hazardous to children and elder citizens. It had cited the findings of an inter-ministerial committee of the Central government, and directed relocation of these towers immediately.

"The Centre must direct the DDA to immediately stop further installation of any towers in parks adjoining residential areas.

"No tower should be installed in violation of established guidelines and without consulting the residents of the area," the statement said.