PANAJI: Taking cognizance of health hazard concerns voiced by residents of a housing society in Dona Paula and the mobile service provider failing to get approval from Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB), the Taleigao village panchayat has decided to revoke the licence granted to a mobile tower erected atop a building.
Residents of Sagar Co-operative Housing Society, Dona Paula have been crying foul over the mobile tower erected on the rooftop of two-storied Bay View Apartment.
As per telecom norms, service provider should ensure that no nearby building is right in front of the antenna with height comparable to the lowest antenna on tower at a distance threshold. The tower in point violates this provision. It is also facing in the same direction in violation of the telecom norms.
As per the department of science, technology and environment guidelines, if a mobile tower has one, two, four and six antennas, the minimum distance to be maintained between the tower and any inhabited premises is 20, 35, 45 and 55 metre respectively.
According to guidelines, no building should be parallel to the antenna and the height of the antenna should be at least five metres above the ground or rooftop.
Protesting residents claim that the tower was erected by Vodafone. But Vodafone has refuted this. According to the Taleigao village panchayat sarpanch Janu Rosario, the service provider was only granted a provisional NOC with a condition that no objection is raised by residents and an approval received from GSPCB.Rosario said, “Since we have received complaints from residents, I will put forth the issue of cancelling the licence before the panch members in the monthly meeting and will take a resolution not to renew the licence.”
Over 50 residents had lodged a complaint against the service provider with the GSPCB, deputy collector and Taleigao village panchayat earlier this month.
GSPCB chairman Jose Noronha said that neither the operator nor the building owner has approached it for consent to operate. He also said, “The tower is illegal. We will soon call for an inspection to verify the tower with regards to antenna orientation, distance between the tower and residential premises or office.”
A resident Narendra Poi said that the tower is illegal and authorities have failed to take action despite repeated complaints. Dr Mahesh Joshi, who is one of the complainants, said, “We are exposed to high levels of radiation due to mobile towers and people are suffering from memory loss.”
Source:: The Navhind Times