BENGALURU: THE state government is set to come out with stringent rules to regulate the mushrooming of mobile phone towers in residential areas. Responding to call attention motion moved by Congress MLA N A Haris in the Legislative Assembly, Eshwar Khandre, Minister for Municipal Administration said that government had issued a draft notification on installation of mobile towers in residential areas on February 24, 2016 seeking objections and suggestions from the public.
Guidelines for that had been incorporated in the draft. A final notification would be issued after considering the suggestions and objections received from the public, he said. The minister assured that many towers had been installed without prior sanction.
The state government would ensure these towers do not cause any harm on residents. Earlier, raising the issue, Haris said people in residential areas are being exposed to harmful radiations which are reportedly causing cancer, memory loss and even lower sperm count. He expressed concern at the alarming increase in number of mobile phone towers and signalboosters in residential areas.