Visakhapatnam: With the rampant urbanisation in the port city of Visakhapatnam, the city residents are expressing concern over increase in radiation due to growing number of cell phone towers in the city. Since there is severe competition between the telecom service providers, the companies are expanding their business by gradually increasing number of mobile towers.
Doctors are also warn people of severe health complications due to increase in radiation through cell towers. If people are being affected by several health hazards due to mobile phones, there are doubts being raised over installing cell towers on atop of apartments and residential buildings.
Meanwhile, the experts in communication technology suggest people to leave minimum of 300 metres space between cell towers and housing projects and localities in order bring down the impact of the radiation. There are chances developing depression, migraine and psychological disorders with cell towers, they warned.
Kancharapalem and Ravindra Nagar localities are witnessing growing number of cell towers. Residents had thwarted erecting of a cell tower near Ravindra Nagar recently. The locals alleged that a few owners are giving permission for the towers for the sake of hefty rents.
The residents also alleged that the authorities are throwing deaf ears on their complaints demanding removal of cell towers in the localities. The impact is severe on children and senior citizens, they rued.
But the service provider companies are giving a different version on cell tower radiation. They claimed that radiation was thoroughly tested in major cities with the help of advanced equipment only to find that radiation levels are very less.