Notwithstanding the guidelines of the Punjab and Haryana high court regarding the health hazards posed by mobile towers installed in residential areas, a number of such towers in Fazilka have local residents at the receiving end.
Various studies had proved that mobile towers emit dangerous radiations, which may lead to various diseases, including cancer, but due to the apathetic attitude of the authorities concerned in dealing sternly with this practice, the mobile companies have installed their towers in various localities of the town and are compromising with the health of the inhabitants.
Around the town mobile towers had been installed on the roofs of houses at Bank Road, Baan Bazaar, Gandhi Chowk, Shastri Chowk and Gaushala Road besides other areas of Fazilka. Mobile towers have also been installed even near educational institutes in some cases.
"During various researches it has been found that being exposed to a mobile tower may lead to various disorders such as disturbed sleep, headache, fatigue and joint pain. It may also interfere with the rhythm of heart especially in kids and elderly," said Dr Vijay Sachdewa, a local resident.
"We have repeatedly raised the matter with the local authorities to shift out these mobile towers but nothing has been done so far," rued Gautam Chaudary, another local resident.
When contacted Basant Garg, deputy commissioner, Fazilka, assured to seek a report and initiate action as per law.