Worried about the increasing number of cellphone towers coming up in the area and their ill effects on humans, residents of South Mumbai will be writing a letter to the Prime Minister and the Department of Telecommu-nications (DoT) requesting immediate action on the cell tower menace in the country.
Around 130 residents from Peddar Road, Carmichael Road, Malabar Hill and Altamount Road have signed the letter and supported the initiative.
“We are writing to them asking for implementation of stricter norms and safer guidelines. Despite discussing the issue with the civic body and the telecom ministry, the matter has gone unresolved,” says activist Prakash Munshi.
Munshi had met the DoT in Delhi earlier to speak about the problems arising because of cell towers. “They all agreed about its ill effects on humans, but have taken no steps to protect citizens,” Munshi said.
Chairperson of Peddar Road Residents’ Association (PRRA), Veena Singhal said, “We have written to the PM because we did not receive any reply from authorities in spite of several reminders.”
In July, PRRA had written to the BMC asking for a structural audit in their area, including a check on cellphone towers. Despite sending several letters, they did not receive any response from the civic body.