Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Radiation fears make schools uproot cell phone towers

Radiation fears make schools uproot cell phone towers

DNA / Puja Pednekar / Thursday, September 27, 2012 9:00 IST
After giving sleepless nights to housing societies’ residents, mobile phone towers are now worrying schools.
Concerned about exposing students to “hazardous radiation”, city schools are supporting citizen movements against these towers.
While schools are coaxing neighbouring societies to remove the towers, Swami Vivekananda International School in Kandivli and Gorai has already removed the towers from their premises. The decision was taken by the school’s director Yogesh Patel.
“I began suffering from migraines and, gradually, memory loss. If the radiation had such a powerful effect on me, I can’t imagine the damage on children. So we decided to remove the towers from the school building,” he said.
Rohan Bhat, chairperson of the Children’s Academy Group of Institutions, said, “Though we have been approached by service providers, we have not allowed mobile phone towers on our school premises. There are no conclusive studies on the ill effects of such towers, but we don’t want to put the children at risk.”
Last month, Activity High School, Peddar Road, joined the citizen’s movement against installation of towers on South Mumbai buildings. Over 300 students, supported by their teachers, launched a signature campaign asking the state to regulate the number of towers in the area. Principal Perin Bagli even measured the EMF radiation level in the nearby lanes. Almost all the lanes around Peddar Road, Carmichael Road and Malabar Hill showed “dangerously high” levels. Bagli said, “There are close to 10 mobile communication towers atop buildings around our school. Many of these can even be seen from our classrooms, putting students in direct line of radiation.”
She added that in awareness sessions by IIT experts, parents were told about dangers of such towers. “They can cause short-term problems, such as fatigue and headaches, and long-term ones, such as cancer, tumours and congenital deformities,” she said.
Rekha Vijaykar, director of Guru Harikrishan High School, Santa Cruz, on the other hand, had a different take on this.
“Mobile phone tower isn’t the only carcinogen. Even exposure to microwaves, sunlight, coffee is carcinogenic. There are many myths surrounding such towers. A certified one is not a danger to students.”
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Letter to Monisha Biswas, DDG TERM

Milind Bembalkar
Parijat,Gurukrupa Colony,
Ambejogai Road,
Latur 413 531.(MS)


Monisha Biswas,
Mumbai .

Dear Sir,

1. Please give information about Constitution of The Organization,TERM .

2. Please give information about frame work, rules & regulations in which your organization suppose to work .

3. Please give addresses of your offices in Maharashtra State.

4. Suppose I want to check the radiation level of Mobile Tower at Latur (450 Km.from Mumbai)  what shall be your charges and terms & conditions ?

5. If you find radiation level beyond prescribed level, 
   A) Will you ask cell tower operators to reduce transmitted power or 

   B) Reduce gain of the amplifier or 

   C) Reduce clusters of tower or

   D) Increase height of the antennas mounted on the towers or

   E) Increase height of the towers 

6. If cell tower operators reduce temporarily transmitted power and then again increase it how & who will monitor the radiation level ?

7. Please give the information about the execution power given to you by the State / Central Govt.  

8. Is your organization responsible for the health hazards due to mobile towers?
9. Will your organization  insist to cell tower operators for issue of indemnity bonds(shall take guarantee of the health ) to the citizens residing below mobile towers ?

Waiting for the reply .


Milind Bembalkar
094226 56058