GHMC ignores cell phone tower health hazard

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While on the one hand international medical bodies have started issuing dos and don’ts about mobile usage in view of their potential health hazard on the other civic authorities, especially in our state, are trying to look at the cell phone towers as a source of revenue and exploring ways of increasing their numbers.

The idea of raising revenue from telecom infrastructure assets was floated during the recent review meeting convened by Hyderabad Mayor B. Rammohan while expressing concern that a nominal fee was collected from just 500 of the more than 2,000 cell towers spread across Greater Hyderabad limits.

Acknowledging the resistance from the people on the plans to set up more cell towers which could raise the wireless radiation in the area, the meeting decided to consider a proposal to allow these towers only in the government lands as they could fetch more revenue in the shape of rentals to the civic body.

The decision comes at a time when the Public Health Department of California cautioned public about health hazards on account of excessive usage of mobiles and the radiation that they caused.

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