Residents demanded that the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) should not grant permission to new mobile phone towers and initiate action against illegal towers in residential areas at the earliest.
Residents said the civic body has failed to get the radiation level of towers checked, causing health hazards.
The MCG, however, claimed it has asked a private company to conduct a survey to check the radiation level of about 50 mobile phone towers and submit a report.
DC Yadav of Mayfield Garden said, “There are many illegal mobile phone towers on residential premises and near temples, schools and hospitals. We have learnt that the MCG will give permission to 50 new phone towers. The radiation level should be within the limit and rules should be displayed at the tower locations.”
As per estimates, the city has more than 600 mobile phone towers many of which are located in residential areas in violation of norms.
“I have sent several complaints with photographs of mobile phone towers installed on residential premises and close to schools but the MCG never acted. In Huda sectors and in private localities, there are many mobile towers installed flouting norms. The MCG should initiate action in this regard and must not give permission to new towers,” Rajiv Lamba of Sector 49 said.
About a year ago, the MCG had sent notices to companies to submit the details of location of towers and the radiation level. The civic agency has also said that mobile phone towers that were found flouting norms will be demolished.
A senior MCG official said there are 580 mobile phone towers in the city, of which, only 26 have permission and 554 are illegal.
As per the norms issued in 2006, mobile phone towers are not allowed in residential areas and in no case should it be in a 100-metre radium of schools, hospitals and temples.
Vivek Kalia, joint commissioner, MCG, said, “We have roped in a private company to check radiation level of some 50 mobile towers and submit a report. The company will start a survey soon. After the survey and submission of a report, we will initiate lawful action and meanwhile, we are not going to give permission for new towers.”