Saturday, 14 September 2013

1 building, 1 cell tower rule likely soon



The BMC is likely to decide on allowing only one mobile phone tower per building. Activists have for long voiced concerns over health hazards posed by cell towers.

The BMC has agreed to the suggestion that permission from the owner of the topmost flat of a building will be mandatory for installing a rooftop cell tower. Another highlight of the new cell tower policy is that consent of 70% residents of a building will be needed, and no towers will be allowed on school and hospital buildings. The BMC has also decided to put up a list of illegal cell towers on its website as a point of reference for residents.

In a meeting on Wednesday, citizens' representatives asked the BMC to consider including an eminent citizen on the civic body's grievance redress forum.

Corporator Vinod Shelar, who has been pursuing the issue, said, "It has been decided that the number of towers to be allowed atop a building will be reduced from two to one. Also, a citizen member will be included in the committee."

Chief engineer (development plan) Rajiv Kuknoor was not available for comment. Civic officials said the final policy draft would be sent to municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte in a week.