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Panel nod must for installing mobile towers, Centre to HC

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 06, 2012
First Published: 00:46 IST(6/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:47 IST(6/12/2012)

Clearance from a panel on radio frequency is a must before installing a mobile phone tower at any site, the central government on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court.

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A division bench of Chief Justice D. Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw was hearing a public interest litigation that sought to bar installation of mobile phone towers on residential buildings following fears that radiation from these could cause cancer to people living within a 50-metre radius.

Filing an affidavit, the government said: “A copy of SACFA (standing advisory committee on radio frequency allocation) clearance for the said location issued by the wireless planning and coordination wing of the department of telecommunications will be needed for the installation of towers.”

The telecom service providers have to obtain permission from the civic agencies to install mobile towers as well, it said.

The service providers would also need to take clearance from the pollution control board, fire safety department, state environment and forest department, apart from a no-objection certificate from the owner of the premises.

The government’s reply came on a petition of A.S. Jain who said that mobile phone towers should not be installed on residential buildings and at public places as recommended by a report of an inter-ministerial committee headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Jain’s advocate Sugriv Dubey had submitted: “The radiation values and norms in other countries are more stringent and the exposure allowed is much lower but in our country, no specific rule and no norm for residential areas, schools, offices, hospitals and playgrounds have been laid down to stop radiation exposure.”

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