Notwithstanding the guidelines of the Punjab and Haryana high court over health hazards posed by mobile towers installed in the residential areas, a number of such towers can be seen in Ferozepur city as well as residential areas in the cantonment, which has the locals worried.
Various studies have proved that mobile towers reportedly produce dangerous radiations, which may lead to diseases, including cancer besides other minor and major ailments, but due to the apathetic attitude of the authorities concerned in dealing with the practice sternly, mobile companies have installed towers in various localities of the town and are compromising with the health of locals.
A visit to the local areas found that mobile towers had been installed on the roofs of houses, including those in Basti Ballucha Wali, Janta Preet Nagar, Bansi Gate and Zira Gate, besides other areas of Ferozepur city, while in the cantonment, mobile companies had installed towers in residential areas and just near to an educational institution.
Recently, a tussle broke out at local Makhu Gate when some people objected to installation of a mobile tower in the area after which it could not be installed there.
"Being exposed to a mobile tower located within 50 metre of one's house or office is like being in a microwave oven for 24 hours. Cancer can be caused in extreme cases, but almost everyone living close to mobile towers complained of disorders such as sleep disturbance, headache, fatigue, joint pain and interference with the heart beat especially among kids and elderly," said Dr Kamal Baghi, chairman, Genesis College for Dental Science and Research, Ferozepur.
"Authorities must swing into action immediately and remove all such unauthorised mobile towers in wider interest of public," demanded Ranjan Kant Bassi, a local.
When contacted, Manjit Singh Narang, deputy commissioner of Ferozepur, claimed that no one has so far complained to him about mobile towers that have been installed in the residential areas but now he would seek a report and ensure that remedial measures are taken soon.