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Mobile phone towers pose grave threat

THE MOBILE telephone network towers mounted on rooftops in various parts of the City pose a grave danger to life and property, as they remain structurally weak owing to lack of solid foundation.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 10:02 IST

THE MOBILE telephone network towers mounted on rooftops in various parts of the City pose a grave danger to life and property, as they remain structurally weak owing to lack of solid foundation.

Recently, one such rooftop-mounted tower of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in Awadhpuri got uprooted due to high-velocity winds that hit the City. This damaged at least five houses in the vicinity. It was sheer providence that no person was around when the tower fell.

There are about 200 such towers mounted in the City. Most mobile phone companies have put up their towers on the roofs of the buildings, which are not designed to bear the load of such towers.

According to technical experts, the roof-mounted towers could be dangerous even during the normal wind. “Poor concrete and cement do not develop required bond with steel reinforcement in such towers. The verticality of towers could also be questioned in case of rooftop towers. On the other hand, the ground-based towers are rooted into three-meter deep concrete”, said an engineer.

Besides the technical experts, the municipal corporators also consider rooftop towers as dangerous for human life. Bharatiya Janata Party corporator Krishna Mohan Soni said that the buildings are not designed for bearing the load of such towers. The BMC should take care of these towers. A strong foundation of towers like those pinstalled on ground should be ensured, he added.

When asked, BSNL’s General Manager M F Ansari told the Hindustan Times that such towers are being installed in the entire country.

Ansari, however, said that falling of tower like one recently is a rare situation, as the wind was very strong. He said that inquiry into fall of tower in Awadhpuri is under way.


Mayor directive for inquiry
MAYOR SUNIL Sood said that he has ordered an inquiry into the installation of towers without presenting technical report. Many towers and hoardings are installed on rooftops without BMC’s permission. One at Awadhpuri was also installed without technical report, he added.

Sood said that he has told the officials to see whether the tower was installed with due permission of BMC or not. The Mayor said that such towers would be removed.

First Published: Mar 13, 2006 10:02 IST