PIL seeks to remove mobile tower close to Batalik health centre

PIL seeks to remove mobile tower close to Batalik health centre
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SRINAGAR: Seeking to remove mobile towers from public health centre at Batalik, Kargil, a public interest litigation was filed before J&K Higg Court which issued notices to state, telecom ministry and telecom companies for response.
The division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal issued notices to Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) through Chief General Manager, Jammu, BSNL District Manager Leh, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) through Chief Executive Officer, Kargil, Chief Medical Officer, Kargil, and Bharti Airtel Ltd through Senior Manager, Jammu.
The litigation was moved by Mohammad Habib, a social activist of Kargil through his counsel Syed Manzoor stating that the installation of BSNL mobile tower in close proximity of a public health centre at Batalik “without obtaining No Objection Certificate (NOC)” was a violation of guidelines issued by Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
The locals raised objections to the installation of mobile towers in close proximity to health centres before Chief Medical Officer, Kargil as it is likely to cause potential health hazards due to emission of radioactive waves, the PIL said.
The petitioner quoted a 2012 judgement of Rajasthan High Court which mentioned government committee recommendations for avoiding towers on hospitals and school buildings “as the children and patients may be more susceptible to the possible harmful effects of electro-magnetic radiation”.
The petition called for strict implementation of DoT guidelines for installation of mobile towers.
Further, the petition stated that schools, hospitals, playgrounds and densely populated areas be strictly monitored.