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Madhya Pradesh HC asks local authority to act on complaint against mobile tower in densely populated area

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Bhopal, Apr 1 (ILNS) The Madhya Pradesh High Court recently directed the competent authority/urban local body to take action on the complaint against mobile towers at the public site within 15 days and look into the allegations leveled by the petitioners.

Disposing of the Public Interest Petition filed by local resident Mahesh Shewani, through advocate Devendra Kumar Tripathi, The Jabalpur bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Vijay Kumar Shukla asked the petitioner to approach to the competent authority/Urban Local Body for raising his grievance regarding the installation of the tower.

The PIL urged the court to direct the authorities to take action on his complaints against the installation of mobile tower in dense and crowded localities as people experience sleep disorders, fatigue, headache, memory loss, depression, hearing problems, joint pains, skin diseases etc due to the rays emitted from the towers.

Brahmadatt Singh, counsel for the State, pointed out that the local bodies have framed the rules called MP Nagar Palika (Installation of Temporary Tower/Structure for Cellular Mobile Phone Service) Rules, 2012 and under the said Rules, the mechanism for redressal of the grievance has been provided. He placed reliance on the order dated December 1, 2017, passed in writ petition (Smt. Maya Devi Verma Vs. State of M.P. and others in 2017 ) passed by the Single Bench of the MP High Court.

The bench said, “We deem it proper to dispose of the writ petition by granting liberty to the petitioner to approach to the competent authority/Urban Local Body for raising his grievance regarding the installation of the tower. The said objection/representation of the petitioner shall be considered and decided by the competent authority within a period of 15 days from the date of receipt of the objection/representation after hearing the respondent No.6-mobile company, in accordance with the law. It is made clear that we have not examined the case of the petitioner on merit,” the Court ordered while disposing of the PIL.ILNS/SNG

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