Date: 26th November 2015
The Principal Secretary (Environment)
Goa State Pollution Control Board,
Subject: Objections to the installation of Mobile Towers at Bambolim and Nauxim
Bharat Mukti Morcha is shocked to note inaction of Goa State Pollution Control Board and Bambolim Panchayat on the complaints against mobile towers in Bambolim and Nauxim villages at Adea de Goa premises. Mobile towers are threat to public health due to radiation. Even though people of Bambolim are subjected to radiation due to these mobile towers local Panchayat has disclosed that these mobile towers have the approval from Goa State Pollution Control Board and hence Bambolim Panchayat has given its permissions. In a letter dated 02/11/2015 to Rohidas Andrade and other of Bharat Mukti Morcha Bambolim Sarpanch Maria Leena Da Cunha has shared that permission for the mobile tower is as per the approval from the Goa State Pollution Control Board. This means just Goa State Pollution Control Board has approved radiation emanating from mobile towers and it is alright that local people be subjected to public health risks. Ridiculous.
Officials and their family members at Goa State Pollution Control Board are not affected by radiation from these mobile towers in Bambolim-Nauxim villages as their office is located at safe distance in Panjim and it is not expected that they should be bothered about public health of Bambolim and surrounding villages considering that influence of real estate and tourism lobby, and this is no longer a secret. Other wise NOC for two mobile towers in Bambolim and Nauxim would have been revoked the moment objections to it are filed by Bharat Mukti Morcha.
Instead we have noted that one more mobile tower has been installed in Bambolim at survey number 96 on the night of 19th November 2015. We object this mobile tower too.
We have also witnessed installation of Ground Based Mast (GBM) to provide 4 G broadband services by Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited adjacent to NH 17 in front of Goa Medical College. So all together there are four mobile towers in the jurisdiction of Bambolim Panchayat that are major threats to public health with radiation threats. We call upon your office to take immediately revoke permissions to these mobile towers.
So far our experience is not pleasant there are signs of state of administrative paralysis in the functioning of Goa State Pollution Control Board. It is limping due to influence of money bags and power of the corporate lobbies such as Reliance, Aldeia de Goa and Hotel Grand Hyatt. Bambolim Panchayat must not follow the example of Goa State Pollution Control Board and get itself geared pro-actively to change the situation and notify every level of environment ministry of Goa to act and get the permissions to mobile towers revoked and lodge protests.
Bharat Mukti Morcha calls upon Principal Secretary (Environment) to intervene and get all the approvals to mobile towers in Bambolim – Nauxim Panchayat jurisdiction revoked immediately.
Goa State Unit
Secretary, Bharat Mukti Morcha,