Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Monday ordered notice on a public interest litigation petition, seeking a directive to the authorities and telecom companies to formulate rules for installing cellular phone/mobile phone towers on vacant land, taking into consideration proper structural standards and the World Health Organisation’s radiation specifications.

In his petition, K.R. Ramaswamy alias ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy said various telecom operators had erected several communication towers in the State. These were more than 20 feet in height and made of iron and steel, and installed on rooftops. Especially in Chennai, the towers were constructed on both old and new buildings that were located alongside the congested roads.

The towers were not constructed in such a way as to withstand the vagaries of nature. There had been incidents of towers crumbling.