With no sign of action against illegal cellphone towers in the city,resident associations in some areas have formed committees to analyse the issue.
While there is no scientific data to prove radiation from cellphone towers affects health,some residents have begun taking safety measures to minimise exposure to harmful electromagnetic field radiation (EMFR).
Cuffe Parade Resident Association,which has over 4,000 members,recently formed a sub-committee to study the harmful effects of illegal cellphone towers.
Member R Balakrishnan said,We are trying to ensure radiation from cellphone towers does not affect human habitation. There should be stringent rules for cellphone towers. Our association is liaising with other major resident associations,including Peddar Road and Malabar Hill,to form a joint body.
We have seen residents attending meetings to spread awareness regarding hazards of cellphone towers. We are planning to take up this issue in a big way as it is becoming a growing concern, said Rajkumar Sharma,president of Advanced Locality Management and Networking Action Committee,a Chembur residents association.
The building across the street has a cluster of antennae. My bedroom gets substantial amount of radiation. Since reports of cancer due to exposure to EMFR appeared,I have been sleeping in my living room. We have even tried speaking to the building authorities,but they have own motives and reasons to keep the antennae, said Pedder Road resident Vinod Shah.
Another Pedder Road resident has installed aluminium blinds.
I have put up sheets of aluminium on window grills. While this protects me from radiation to some extent,there is not enough light in the house. The government needs to come up with a permanent solution to this.
Of the 3,500 mobile towers in the city,1,830 are illegal.