The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday issued notices to the state government, BBMP and others following a petition by some residents of JP Nagar, VIII Phase, who complained that a mobile tower in their locality was affecting their health, especially children.
The petitioners, BS Madhusudan Singh, JM Sundaram, Vinay Bhusahan, BS Nagaraj and Ramesh Kumar, all residents of TK Deepak Layout, JP Nagar, VIII Phase, have complained that the mobile tower, on the terrace of a four-floor residential building in Jambusavari Dinne in the area, was causing health problems. They claimed that their earlier representation to the BBMP and the mobile service provider concerned to remove the tower had not elicited any response. In their petition before the court, they also claimed that the tower — existing on a property measuring 30 x 40 ft — was illegal. There was no set back and all the tower-related installations were placed in the same space, they said. They alleged that the BBMP had not even inspected the premises before granting the permission.
According to the petition, the tower is a "stone's throw away from a day care centre taking care of children less than five years old and there is a dispensary as well. The people residing close to the tower are experiencing the EMR (electromagnetic radiation) effect and are getting disturbed. The tower is less than 200 meters from an upcoming school which will start from June 2012."
Petition invokes cold war
The petition lists out the health hazards of mobile towers. It says that the erstwhile USSR used RF/Microwave Radiations as a weapon to create mental disturbances, instability and high anxiety in the staff at the US Embassy in Moscow. The US, Canada and European countries have safety guidelines for mobile towers. "The relationship between biological effects and electromagnetic exposure has been widely recognised from epidemiological and experimental studies. The growing use of mobile communication GSM 900/1800, cordless telephones etc, in the last decade has introduced concerns about health risks from man-made electro smog.”
The petition claims that mobile towers pose a direct threat to pre-adolescent children, pregnant women, and patients with pace makers.