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School refuses to remove mobile phone towers

Even as the debate on radiation from mobile phone towers rages, an aided school in Malad, that has several such towers atop its building, is refusing to dismantle them.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2013 09:43 IST
Puja Pednekar

Even as the debate on radiation from mobile phone towers rages, an aided school in Malad, that has several such towers atop its building, is refusing to dismantle them.

A former school principal and a local MLA have complained to the police and the school education department about the installations on the Swami Vivekananda High School and Junior College building in Kurar.

The staff is worried that students are exposed to high levels of radiation every day from the installations of these towers.

The school has 3,000 students from Class 1 to Class 12 in English, Marathi and Hindi mediums.

“There are around 25 to 30 mobile phone towers atop the building. We had asked the trustee to take them down, but they ignored our pleas” said Bharti Mhatre, ex-principal of the Marathi section of the school.

Mhatre approached MLA Vidya Chavan, who has complained to Rajendra Darda, school education minister as well as Fauziya Khan, minister of state.

“How did the BMC give permission to install mobile phone towers atop a school building?” Chavan asked.

Currently, the education inspector of the western zone is conducting a parallel inquiry into the complaint.

Shamsher Singh, managing trustee of the Deen Dayal Trust, that runs the school, says that the service providers had got necessary permissions from the BMC while installing the towers in 2006-07.

“The BMC had sent us a show-cause notice in February, but the service providers sent them a reply and the civic body was satisfied with it,” Singh said.

Singh feels there is no conclusive study that proves mobile towers are harmful. “The day that it is proved, we will take down the towers,” he said.

Additional commissioner of police, Sunil Paraskar from the North Region, said, “The installation of mobile phone towers doesn’t come under IPC, but we will look into the matter and see what can be done.”