GSPCB has no say over location of mobile towers
JOAO SOUSA M | NT
Board doesn’t monitor radiation from towers
The Goa State Pollution Control Board has said that it has no say over the location of mobile towers and it is the telecom companies which decide the particular matter. Moreover, the GSPCB is not equipped to monitor radiation from the towers especially in residential areas.
The information provided by the GSPCB under the Right to Information Act has revealed that the board does not monitor radiation emanating from the mobile towers, but on the contrary the radiation is monitored randomly by an independent agency.
Acting chairman of GSPCB and Chief Secretary R K Srivastava told ‘The Navhind Times’ that the board has no control over the location of a mobile tower and that it is the call of a telecom company which is taken factoring in network availability.
Besides, the board has no mechanism to keep a tab on radiation coming from the tower which is monitored by an independent agency, Srivastava said.
He said the agency carries out random checks for radiation based on the