India: Immediate Action, Removing Mobile Towers, 10 Days for Government to Comply

Posted on August 24, 2012

Frame mobile tower bylaws within 10 days: High Court

TNN Aug 23, 2012, 03.31AM IST

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan High Court has set a deadline of 10 days for the state government to formulate bylaws for governing the mobile phone towers. The court passed the order on Wednesday while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) over the health hazards due radiation of these towers.

Within the same duration of next 10 days, the government would have to remove mobile phone towers installed on all school buildings and hospitals in the state. In addition to this, the government has to conduct a survey (also in 10 days) and tell the court about the number of cancer patients who are living within the vicinity of cellphone towers. The government also has to form a medical board to examine and report on the conditions of Jaipur residents Pramod Kasliwal (53) and Sanjay Kasliwal (56) who are said to have developed cancer due to mobile tower radiations.

The directions were passed by a division bench of Chief Justice Arun Kumar Mishra and Justice NK Jain (senior) on the PIL filed by former high court judge and chairman of the OBC commission IS Israni.

In May this year, the state government released some test results showing that the mobile tower radiations were within permissible limits and, as such, were not harmful. Based on the test-checks done with the help of department of telecommunications (DoT), the government stated that “no relation” could be established between radiations from mobile tower and the health of living beings. The results have, however, been challenged before the court.

There are 5,678 mobile towers in Jaipur and a total of 32,865 in Rajasthan. Following the growing public concern over health risks from the mobile towers, the state government passed an order on July 4 this year that these towers would not be allowed on the school buildings and the hospitals and those already existing on these buildings would be removed. The high court has now sought a compliance report of the government order with the direction to uproot the towers that were still installed on school and hospital buildings.

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