Monday, January 7, 2013

PMC cuts power to four mobile towers

Residents of Al Ameen Co-operative Housing Society in Gultekdi wanted illegal towers dismantled, as they were posing a risk to their health
By Siddharth Gadkari
Posted On Thursday, December 13, 2012 Freakin' Awesome! Freakin' Awesome! Freakin' Awesome! Freakin' Awesome! Freakin' Awesome!

One of the towers built on the premises of Al Ameen Co-operative Housing Society

In a major crackdown on illegal mobile towers, the building permission 
department of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) disconnected power 
supply to four towers set up on the premises of Al Ameen Co-operative 
Housing Society in Gultekdi.

The society members had demanded the towers, that were erected four 

years ago on the row houses, be dismantled as they were posing a risk 
to their health.

An RTI query filed by Dr Arif Memon, a resident of the society, had 

revealed the cellphone companies had not taken the PMC’s permission 
and all the towers were unauthorised.

The members had claimed the radiation emitted by these towers had 

adverse effects on their health, including severe headache, sleep 
disturbance, constant body pain, memory problems and joint pains.

Following strong opposition from the society members, the PMC had 

appointed a third party agency to conduct a survey of illegal mobile 
towers in the city.

The residents had also blamed the chairman of their society for issuing 

a No Objection Certificate to erect the towers.

Rajendra Raut, executive engineer of the building permission department, 

said, “We had sent several notices to the companies to dismantle the 
towers but they did not respond. Finally, we cut the power supply on 
December 1 since we don’t have the expertise to dismount cellphone 
towers. We have also informed the Maharshtra State Electrical Distribution Company (MSEDCL) officials.”

Hailing the civic body’s move,  Memon said, “We pursued the matter 

relentlessly for the last nine months with the civic officials because we 
were concerned about the health of residents, especially children. We 
had requested the PMC to demolish all the towers because they are 

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