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Noida activists demand green clearance for mobile towers


NOIDA: Though the Noida Authority has announced specific guidelines for telecom towers, city-based environmental activists said the most crucial step in setting up of a mobile tower - seeking clearances from the Pollution Control Board - is missing.


"According to an RTI response, none of the towers in Noida or Greater Noida have environmental clearances. We demand that all the towers in the city be checked for valid pollution and environmental clearances," environmental activist, Vikrant Tongad, Social Action for Forests And Environment, said.


In a public notice issued on Saturday, the Noida Authority has warned that if not removed within a stipulated period, the mobile phone towers would be forcefully knocked down, and the properties on which they are installed would also face cancellation of allotment. According to officials, all mobile towers in the city are to be installed as per a Noida Authority policy framed in November 2013.


The policy states that cell phone towers can be installed in community centres, green belts and shopping centres, but not on roofs of hospitals, schools and nursing homes. They can, however, be set up on the roofs of institutional, industrial and commercial buildings, said officials.


In January 2012, the Allahabad High Court had banned the installation of new towers in residential areas, following which, the Noida Authority in November 2013, had formulated the policy and thereafter undertook the relocation of all existing towers from residential areas of the city.


"We have been sustaining an awareness campaign against the installation of mobile towers within the proximity of schools, residences, hospitals and more. While these cities are already choc-a-bloc with towers, there are over 200 applications still pending with the authorities who want to set up these towers. We appeal to the citizens as well as the authorities to exercise caution in adding any more towers to these cities," Tongad added.


Read More: Noida activists demand green clearance for mobile towers - The Times of India

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