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JMC to Demolish Three Cellphone Towers
(Article from The Times of India – Jaipur, 25 March 2012)
JAIPUR: This might come as a relief to all those who have been disturbed after reading a report by a Mumbai-based agency, NESA Global, of the ill effects of cell phone tower radiation. While not absolutely recognizing and accepting the harmful effects of radiation, the Jaipur Municipal Commission (JMC) Sunday onwards is going to embark on razing to the ground three cell phone towers in C-Scheme.The reason given for such a step is that these cell phone towers in C-Scheme have been illegally constructed in the setback zone. The three towers in residential areas belong to Reliance, Airtel and BSNL.
Based on a legal notice by one Sudhir Kasliwal to the JMC and a complaint to the government of India, a team of five officials on Saturday morning went to C-Scheme area. The team included zone commissioner Shashi Parik, Avdhesh Singh, CEO Lok Nath Soni, commissioner vigilance Dinesh Sharma and director-law Ashok Singh. The team observed that the three towers were erected on the setback area.
"As per municipal bylaws there can be no construction in the setback area and in case of any violation action will be taken against the land owners," said Ashok Singh director law, JMC.
When the Kasliwal brothers (Sanjay and Sudhir) were diagnosed with brain tumour and their dog was diagnosed with stomach cancer within a gap of a few months, their doctors advised them to look out for mobile towers in the neighbourhood. They suspected radiation from mobile towers to be a possible cause for cancer.
What was found was quite alarming. There were antennas of various mobile companies installed on a tower at a distance of mere 20 metres from their house. On measuring the radiation levels, the levels were found to be quite alarming. When the word spread, others came forward and it was found that there were seven cancer cases in the vicinity.