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15 June 2016

India: Mumbai: Cuffe Parade Building Has 29 Mobile Towers

Fear reigns supreme:  The mobile phone towers atop Hotel
Supreme in Cuffe Parade are packed close to each other,
their wires and chords dangerously close to the power
Mumbai: Cuffe Parade building has 29 mobile towers!
by Gaurav Sarkar, mid-day.com, 15 June 2016

The number of antennae on the three-storey building has grown manifold over the years; residents complain of health disorders, fear fire outbreaks

Hemmed in by residential buildings on three sides, the three-storey Hotel Supreme in Cuffe Parade has a staggering 29 mobile phone towers and antennae — reportedly the largest tally for a single spot in the city. The towers are crammed next to each other, their wires and chords snaking dangerously close to the power cabins on the rooftop.

Residents of nearby buildings have seen the number of towers multiply over the years, from reportedly two in 2011.

Gaurav Bhatia (37) of Clover Apartments, located just 40 m from this radiation hotspot, says residents have written to the A-ward office and the municipal commissioner, urging them to take immediate steps to remove the antennae.

“We will meet A-ward officials on Wednesday. I have small children at home and I am not comfortable bringing them up in a high radiation neighbourhood.”

Kiran Dighavkar, A-ward officer, says such towers are not allowed on the terraces of buildings as they pose the risk of radiation leakage. “In 2012, telecom firms had approached the HC with a petition on erecting towers. They procured a stay [against the order barring such construction]. However, this court order was applicable only to those companies that had approached the court. I need to check when these 29 towers were erected, how many of them have the stay order, and whether they have the necessary paperwork.”

When mid-day approached the owner(s) of Hotel Supreme, they were unavailable for comment.

Not the first letter

This is not the first time that Clover Apartments residents have written to the authorities.

“In 2012, a member of our society had written to Sitaram Kunte, then civic commissioner,” says Sameer Javeri (34), another resident. “In his reply, Kunte told us that these towers and antennae were illegal as the hotel owner(s) did not have the required permission, and that the BMC would look into the matter. But no action has been taken.”

Rather, the number of cell antennae on the roof has only increased manifold.

“When we came here in 2011-12, there were only two towers,” says a resident of Kalpavruksh Heritage, located a mere 6 m from the hotel.

Javeri points out that the towers pose a fire hazard as they are located close to the power cabins.

Residents allege health disorders

Naseema Ariswalla (64), who has been residing at Clover Apartments for the past 40 years, holds the towers responsible for a spate of health disorders. “I slipped into depression two years ago. My sleep cycle became irregular and I had frequent headaches.” She has put protective films on her windows and multiple curtains as a ‘shield’ against the incoming radiation. “I have suffered many health setbacks. I realise that these were the effects of radiation,” says Farida Petliwala (65), a fifth floor resident of Clover. “I suffer from severe headaches.”

Doctor says it’s all psychological

Jigar Desai, a radiologist at Breach Candy Hospital, says the alarm over such radiation is “completely over-hyped.” “To prove anything, a study is needed. But since these towers have come up only in the last 20 years, such a study doesn’t exist.” Desai points out that headaches and irregular sleep patterns that people living close to cell towers complain of are more of a psychological effect. “You can conduct a placebo experiment, wherein you tell residents that you have installed a cell tower on the building, and they will experience the same symptoms. It’s psychological.”

At odds with DoT norms

As per the department of telecommunications, no cell tower can be shorter than the top of a building/structure right in front of it. However, all three buildings surrounding the hotel — Clover Apartments, Kalpavruksh and Mittal Grandeur — are taller than the towers.



  1. Its true that there are no reliable long-term studies suggesting that cellphone towers cause health risks. Still, 29 on one building? Seems excessive! The residents' health disorders should definitely be investigated further, these cannot be dismissed so easily. As per this article, it seems that all the towers are not as per government norms either.

  2. A 2011 study from Brazil examining the spatial correlation between mobile phone base station clusters and cases of deaths by neoplasia in the Belo Horizonte municipality, the third largest city in Brazil, from 1996 to 2006 established a direct link between cancer deaths and the cell phone network in the city:

    The study found that over 80 percent of those who succumbed to certain types of cancer resided approximately a third of a mile away from one of the hundreds of cell phone antennae that populate the city. These cancers, primarily found in the prostate, breasts, lungs, kidneys, liver, are the ones associated with exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

    Cell phone tower studies which examined the relationship between radiation exposure and cancer rates were conducted in the city of San Francisco in addition to cities in Austria, Germany, and Israel, dating as far back as the 1970s. All the studies shared similar findings: living within a certain proximity to a cell phone tower increased the risk of cancer anywhere from two to 121 times depending on what type of cancer was detected.

    A growing number of organizations and many more studies support the conclusions of the Brazilian study. In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radio frequency radiation, including the radiation from cell towers, as a possible carcinogen (2B).

    The BioInitiative 2012 Report written by a group of leading independent international scientists has put out an unequivocal health warning against exposure to EMFs. This includes exposures from the pulsed radiofrequency radiation emitted by cell phone towers and other wireless technology. This radiation has been shown in thousands of studies to cause biological damage to the body and to be a precursor to disease.

    The dangers (besides cancer) associated with exposure to EMFs and cell phone antennas include:

    • Genetic mutations
    • Memory disruptions
    • Hindered learning
    • ADD
    • Insomnia
    • Brain disorders
    • Hormonal imbalances
    • Infertility
    • Dementia
    • Heart complications

    Source: 2013 article by Lloyd Burrell:

    Other information sources:
    - BioInitiative 2012 report:

    - View this 3-minute video announcing the International EMF Scientist Appeal now signed by 220 doctors and researchers from 41 countries (including 12 from India). Dr. Blank has had over 30 years of experience conducting EMF research at Columbia University and is a past president of the International Bioelectromagnetics Society: