The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre’s response on conditions imposed on installation of cell towers in residential areas, schools and educational institutes. This response has been seeked in connection with a petition seeking protection of citizens from “deleterious” effects of radiation emanating from cell phones and mobile towers.
The court has asked the Centre to inform as to how many cell towers have been installed by mobile phone service providers and how many have been checked by the Department of Telecommunication (DoT).
The apex court also seeks to know how many violations of norms DoT has detected in all these years and what action has been taken on them.
The Supreme Court has asked the Union Government to set a time frame to make all phone service providers fully compliant if the radiation standards and norms..
The plea has sought a direction to DoT to “drastically reduce the exposure limit from cell towers and … cell phones keeping in line with stricter norms followed in other countries and recommendations of scientific studies”.
“Prohibit installation of cell towers within a distance of 500 metres from residential areas, schools, hospitals, markets and other places with dense human population, and wildlife habitation, and direct removal of towers already so installed,” it said.
The plea has also sought creation of a mechanism for “continuous monitoring of radiation from cell towers and putting the data in public domain”.
Besides, the PIL has sought setting aside of the permission granted by the Noida authority to Indus Towers Ltd to install cell phone towers upon the building of community club of Sector 15 A in Noida and shift them out into a green belt area.
(With PTI Inputs)