Despite protests from it own residents and those from neighbouring buildings, committee members of Maheshwar Niketan on Peddar Road have decided to renew their contract with mobile phone companies. This means that the cluster of mobile phone towers on the building’s terrace will remain.
The decision was taken at the annual general meeting (AGM) on Sunday.
Residents have now said they will seek legal action.
On August 1, HT had reported that residents from eight buildings had written to the committee members of Maheshwar Niketan, asking them to remove the cluster of mobile phone towers, as they suspected that the radiation from those towers were creating health troubles for residents. They had also initiated a signature campaign and held a protest rally.
“We will carry forward the agitation and bring the issue before authorities. We will also create public awareness about the health hazards posed by these towers,” said Vinod Shah, secretary of neighbouring building Ajanta Apartments. Two residents of the building died of cancer and many others have complained of several ailments.
Maheshwar Niketan has put up five cell phone towers and 20 transmitters on its terrace. Despite several attempts to contact the committee, residents claim there is no co-operation extended by the building.
“It is unfortunate that they have not looked into the situation. We have no vested interests, we are fighting for a larger issue. The towers are affecting hundreds of people in the area,” said Rohita Doshi, who stays in a neighbouring building. “We all want cell phones, but there should be a safer alternative. We had only requested them to lower the power and reduce the clustering.”
Hardik Kapadia, chairman, Maheshwar Niketan, refused comment. “It is our building’s matter. We are not willing to comment on it henceforth,” he said.
Smita Agarwal, resident of Maheshwar Niketan is said that even though she is a resident of the building, her complaint was not considered.