GTCO-ATL Notes: As our county commissioners determine how to please the public without feeling the wrath of the telecommunications industry, this article from India seemed to be very appropriate. A large telecom there is being forced to take down 300 towers and relocate them outside of any residentially-zoned communities.
Just like we told you when Canada started paying to have the wireless in their schools ripped out while we were just beginning the discussion about whether or not to put wireless technology into our schools, it's high time our elected officials start paying attention to the fact that there is a whole big world out there. They don't have to decide everything while living in a vacuum. Most of the things happening to us here have already happened to others elsewhere.
It only takes a short moment to find stories, like the one below, where the "bad ideas" we all know should not be made, but government makes them anyway, turn out and bite us in the end.
We either need better elected officials, or we need a full time research staff that can advise them of how their brilliant ideas have worked (or not) elsewhere before they just plow straight ahead.
MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013
|Author: Nina Kuhmar|
NOIDA TO RELOCATE 300 MOBILE TOWERSIn the wake of health risk posed by mobile phone towers, the Noida Authority has decided to relocate all such antennas from residential areas of the city. The authority will identify locations in isolated places — far from residential colonies — where they will be relocated.
There are over 300 such towers that need to be relocated. The recent move of the authority has been initiated after court's direction to allocate mobile towers at isolated locations rather than sealing them.
The officials of the Noida Authority said that earlier they had planned to seal illegal towers, but they are working now on the guidelines of Allahabad High Court, which has ordered to shift all such towers from residential sectors to other places.
|A building in India will soon have to take its towers down as|
residents of nearby apartments prepare to file lawsuits stating
their health issues were caused by their living conditions.
In a meeting of senior officials of the Noida Authority recently, the officials planned to shift these towers either to community centers at various sectors or at sparse places so radiation from these towers could not affect the local people.
The officials also decided to stop mobile tower operators from installing more towers in residential areas as city already has around 600 mobile towers for the population of seven lakh. During the meeting, it was also planned to eliminate towers installed atop hospital and institutional buildings.
According to the survey conducted by the Noida authority and city police last year, it was found that out of 600 mobile towers, 300 towers were illegally installed on the roofs of residential units. Twenty per cent of the towers have been illegally installed over institutional and hospital buildings.
In a 2010 sealing drive initiated by the authority, 200 towers were sealed from residential areas. Meanwhile, the Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Association (FoNRWA) has also written to Noida authority seeking removal of mobile towers from the roofs of residential units.
“As residents are suffering from various health disorders due to high radiation from these towers, we have urged the competent authority to take penal action against the companies responsible for their wrongdoing,” said NP Singh, president of FoNRWA.
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