‘More Indians have access to mobiles than toilets’
New Delhi: The overwhelming reach of
mobile phones and people's dependence on them have been such
that a Delhi High Court judge on Monday could not resist himself
from commenting that the gadgets have become more accessible
than toilets in India.
"The paradox is that more people have access to mobile
phones than toilets in India," was how Justice Kailash Gambhir
expressed his feelings while dealing with the issue of sealing
of cell phone towers in the capital.
"It is an inevitable truth that a mobile phone is no
more a luxury but a part of our very existence. We cannot
dispute our dependence on the mobile phone today when owning
it has become proportional to personal empowerment. It is a
silver bullet to the vagaries and vicissitudes of life," he
Earlier, the connectivity was scarce but now the
service providers with their impeccable connectivity have
"lured the rickshawalas and the millionaire alike to the
consortium," Justice Gambhir, who directed the government to
constitute an expert panel to examine the potential health
hazards posed by the towers and antennas, said.
The mobile operators had approached the Delhi High
Court challenging the new policy brought by the MCD increasing
the fee of 2000 per cent in 2010 from that of what was in