India: BMC likely to put cap on number of cellphone towers per building

donderdag, 12 september 2013 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal

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12 sept. 2013

Following sustained demands of anti-radiation campaigners, the BMC is now considering the proposal to put a cap on the number of rooftop cellphone towers permitted per building.

At a meeting with BJP corporator Vinod Shelar and citizens' activist Prakash Munshi on Wednesday, the corporation gave its in-principle agreement to permit only one cellphone tower per building in the city.

If the rule comes into effect, telecom-service providers will have to adhere to the guidelines of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) included in the BMC's cellphone tower policy that is at present being prepared.

''We are considering the demand to put a cap of one tower per building, but are yet to take a call on it,'' said Rajeev Kuknur, chief engineer of the development plan department.

''At our meetings with the corporation, there have been a few issues on which we have had no consensus. While the DoT guidelines have defined the distance between antennae, there is no clarity on how many towers are allowed per building. Now, the BMC has in-principle agreed to our demand of one tower per building,'' Shelar said

''We are only concerned about reducing the radiation levels in the city. For this, we either have to increase the distance between two towers or reduce the power of one tower. Since the guidelines of the state and central governments do not help us much in this aspect, we feel that putting a cap on the number of towers allowed per building will also limit the amount of radiation. This will be allowed only with the consent of the residents of the buildings concerned,'' said activist Prakash Munshi, who attended the meeting.

The DoT advisory specifies that in case of both, ground-level and roof-top towers, there should be no building of equivalent height in front of the antennae. The tilt of the lowest antenna on the tower as per distances specified should be taken into account.

In India zijn ze toch wel serieus met deze problematiek bezig.

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