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Bereaved dad seeks curbs on mobile towers

Posted by seumasach on July 20, 2012

Times of India

20th July, 2012

NEW DELHI: Claiming his son died of cancer caused by radiation from a mobile tower on the roof of his house, an east Delhi resident has moved Delhi high court seeking compensation.


Ramnath Garg has also urged the HC to impose a ban on installation of high frequency mobile phone towers within 50 metres of schools, hospitals and residential localities.


Garg in his petition claims local state government officials approached him in 2009 with a proposal to install a tower on the roof of his house in Surajmal Vihar. Even though he urged the officials not to erect a very high frequency tower, the petition says, they misled him.


According to the petitioner, all his family members gained weight over one year. But with time they faced difficulty in sleeping at night, faced digestion problems and their health began to deteriorate. A doctor advised Garg to get the tower removed from his house suspecting it might be responsible for their health problems.


Garg claims he made repeated requests to the government and the mobile phone company to remove the tower but nothing was done. Meanwhile his son, who was 30 years of age, died of cancer. Garg is demanding compensation arguing that the common man is being misled by the cell phone tower companies and even the civic authorities.


Apart from seeking a ban on high frequency radio towers in populated areas, the petition also seeks directions to the department of telecom, private operators and the state government to take steps to reduce exposure to radiation. It also urges the court to enforce guidelines prepared by a committee formed to study health hazards from cell phone towers in 2010.

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