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Govt. to introduce national policy on telecom towers

Govt. to introduce national policy on telecom towers

By The Nation
Thursday, 01 November 2012 14:44

Cabinet has approved a proposal brought forward by the President as Minister in charge of Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Authority to implement a national policy on telecommunication towers with specific guidelines. This was disclosed at the Cabinet press briefing held today.

At present 9 public switched telecommunication network service providers are providing telecommunication services in the and country and more than 2900 antenna tower structures have been installed to facilitate the provision of such services.

Considering the environmental and health related public concerns for human safety, the Cabinet decided to implement a national policy in telecommunication structures with a set of guidelines formulated by a committee of experts appointed for the purpose, the government states.

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An Appeal to Dr. Hans Wijesuriya, the CEO, Dialog Telekom from the residents of Elie House Road

25th December 2008

Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year!

Dr. Hans Wijesuriya

CEO

Dialog Telekom

Dear Dr. Wijesuriya,

We are concerned that your company has started constructing a mobile phone transmission antenna at 94/3 Elie House Road, Mutuwal, Modera, Colombo 15 in the midst of our houses in this dense residential area.

All of us who sign below have many concerns with regard to the possible impact of this intrusion on our lives and those of our loved ones – our children , the elderly and the sick, our neighbours and the environment, which we believe cannot be simply allayed by the standard statement that there is no conclusive evidence to prove that the antenna would cause any significant hazard to our health or environment.

The Report of the Bio-initiative Working Group, August 2007, pithily sums up the situation when it states that “often the industry view of allowable risk and proof of harm is most influential, rather than what public health experts would determine is acceptable” (ibid:5) . (For the full report, pl. see http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/docs/section_1.pdf )

We wish to request you to exercise your good sense as a citizen willing to act responsibly, towards the concerns of the community and, for the corporate responsibility, by stopping the construction in the midst of our neighbourhood.

Thank you very much.

Yours Sincerely,

Elie house Road Residents.

(For now, this appeal has been signed by members of the families in the immediate vicinity of the site where the construction of Dialog Antenna has started.)

Dialog Telekom brings “radiation antenna” to Eliehouse neighbourhood?


Dialog Telekom mobile phone company is in the process of setting up a transmission antenna tower on top of a three storied apartment building at no. 94/ 3 amidst houses in the dense residential area of Elie House road, in Mutuwal, Modera. Are such constructions permitted in residential areas at all? Once, permitted the companies can expand the size of their towers increasing the risk of health hazard overtime. This will affect the children, the elderly and the sick most. In my view this type of commercial constructions should not be permitted in residential areas.

a neighbour

Exposure to Radiation via Dialog Telekom Transmission Towers?

Dialog Telekom mobile phone company is in the process of setting up a transmission antenna tower on top of a three storied apartment building at no. 94/ 3 amidst houses in the dense residential area of Elie House road, in Mutuwal, Modera. The neighbours have not been consulted or informed about this construction by either the owner of the apartments who have rented his premises for this purpose or the Dialog Telekom. We are not sure whether the Dialog Telekom is following the standards applicable to such constructions in residential areas as we understand that depending on the distance and the level of emissions from the tower, the level of exposure to the radiation would vary and that there could possibly be health hazards to those living in the vicinity of the tower.

We would be thankful to either the Environmental Authority or any other organization or individuals to help us understand the implications this type of construction would have on our environment and health.

In the case of this type of construction, should not it be made mandatory to announce in advance to the public in the area the nature of the construction and the measures taken to assure that there is no health hazard? Should not this be made part of the so-called ‘corporate responsibility’ which we talk much about these days?