Villagers fear ill-effects of radiation
The increasing opposition from the general public including its own customers could impact the mobile operations of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in Adilabad in the near future.
The ambitious expansion programme to be launched in the next couple of months may suffer heavily unless the telecom giant initiates awareness campaigns on radiation from cell phone towers.
Already, residents of Kailashnagar in town have forced BSNL to close its cell tower fearing its ill-effects.
Even in the interior and other areas of the district, like Bellampalli, the Corporation is finding it difficult to take land on lease for setting up towers.
There was a dispute with regard to the cell tower at Shantinagar in Adilabad town and Chincholi village in Nirmal mandal which was resolved after officials convinced locals of their wrong perception with regard to radiation.
The officials drilled home the point with great difficulty that the radiation levels in BSNL cell towers are much below the prescribed ones.
BSNL proposes to set up 62 new 2G and 43 3G cell towers across the district in the next few months but is finding it extremely difficult in terms of finding land for the purpose.
“Villagers want the towers to be set up far away from the habitations which they assume will keep them safe from radiation,” reveals a BSNL official.