It may be recalled that MLA Vivek Patil from Panvel had raised the issue of the illegal cellular towers in Navi Mumbai in previous government last session held in June this year. MLA Vivek Patil had questioned the government action against mobile firms that have installed towers in Navi Mumbai without permission. In a written reply to Vivek Patil’s question, the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had answered that of the 510 towers in Navi Mumbai and surroundings, only 188 had the necessary clearance from the government, while the remaining were installed without permission. Of these 322 unauthorized towers, 28 have been removed, 13 are regularized and 53 towers are being considered for regularization. Another 135 mobile towers are being removed. However, the decision on the remaining 93 towers is pending as the Supreme Court has directed the state government to maintain status quo. MLA Vivek Patil said that he has demanded action in the case. Answering for the state when the subject came up during the assembly session, Minister of State for Urban Development at that time Hassan Mushrif had said that the Maharashtra government has undertaken a study to ascertain whether mobile towers are a health hazard. He said there were reports in a section of the media claiming that the towers could lead to health problems. And so the state has decided to conduct a study on the issue. For now, the state seems to have done started a study in Panvel area. Once the survey is complete the actual figures of legal and illegal mobile towers will be confirmed. With bureau inputs, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
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