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‘Sealing cell phone towers is not the solution’

india Updated: Feb 09, 2010 23:35 IST
Kapil Datta

Following orders from the court, the Noida Authority on Tuesday de-sealed the cell phone towers of Indus Towers Limited.

But many consumers continued to face network problems on their cell phones.

The sealing drive has initiated a debate in Noida on the harmful effect of radiation from the towers and the way forward.

"On the one hand we talk of how mobile connectivity lets a person stay in touch with business clients and family members who are miles away from home and, on the other, we are sealing these towers," said Gaurav Gupta, a senior executive in an MNC.

"Sealing is not the solution."

Greater Noida resident P.P. Sharma said, "There is need to incorporate the tower sites at the town planning stage itself as the future belongs to mobile connectivity. Authorities should earmark sites for towers and rent them out to mobile service providers. This will also be an additional source of revenue for the authorities."

Talking of the harmful effects of the towers, former president of Indian Medical Association Dr. S.P. Jain said, "Tower radiations may cause infertility or other health hazards.”

An authority officer, on the condition of anonymity, said, "Around 30 towers are yet to be sealed since there is no order from the court to stop their de-sealing. These companies have also moved the court. The court order is expected in a day or two."