Protest against installation of mobile towers escalates

Ujjain: Reliance 4G mobile network plans ran into trouble before its start after a stiff resistance by corporators around the city. Ujjain Municipal Corporation (UMC) seized the instruments being used for installation of mobile towers.The UMC and Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL), the telecom wing of Reliance Industries, are now engaged in an exchange of letters over the allocation of licence for installing 4G telecommunication towers in the city.

The corporation official gave silent nod to the application filed by RJIL for installing mobile towers in the city, but when news reached to local corporators, everything went south for RJIL. The general body, for installing 40 mobile towers for Reliance 4G services cleared the proposal silently. Now with the erection process going on in hand, it seems to have met with stiff resistance. Corporators belonging to both ruling and opposition strongly objected to the installation of such towers at public places.

Raising the matter, Congress corporator Maya Trivedi said, “General body cleared the proposal for installation of 40 Reliance towers in the city. During clearing, we were not informed and even the list of the places where these towers would be erected did not disclose. Today, I am shocked to see these towers being erected at five public gardens, various colonies and public places and roadsides. These places see considerable movement of people and towers in such places can pose a health risk.”

Likewise, ex-corporator Dubey said, “Most housing societies today are dismantling towers owing to radiation scare and the many health hazards associated with it. However, we are going ahead and installing such towers in public places. It can pose a serious health risk for the residents of the localities. The 4G networks are designed to provide 10-12 times faster connectivity speed than what is provided by 3G networks. With a 4G network, a user can download a 600-megabyte file at 49 mbps speed in about two minutes. The average top speed of 3G network is estimated at four mbps.”

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