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[December 21, 2013]

Authority starts survey for shifting cell towers [Noida] [Times of India]

(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) NOIDA: The Noida Authority has started a survey of cellphone towers installed in densely populated areas in the city to relocate them. The move is to ensure that residents do not stay exposed to perils of electromagnetic radiation emitted by them.


The towers would be shifted in a phased manner once the Authority prepares a survey report to finalize a process which would cause minimal interruptions in mobile services.

Earlier, the Authority had received complaints from residents' welfare associations about removing these towers. The cell companies will soon get notices for relocation of these towers in a month. There are around 600 mobile towers in the city and half of them fall in residential areas. Some of these have been illegally installed.

The Authority had earlier planned to seal illegal towers, but later it asked the cell companies to shift all such towers from residential sectors to other places. The Authority also gave a green signal to a new policy through which the cell towers would be shifted to community centres, green belts and shopping areas.

From now telecom companies will have to get permission to install towers and will have to shell out Rs 1 lakh as one-time non-refundable money to the Authority. Noida Authority officials said if more than one company installs towers at one place, then each company will have to pay Rs 50,000. If permission is not taken, companies will be penalized Rs 1.5 lakh.

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