Thursday, 15 February 2018

Incompetence in mobile tower radiation emission monitoring in Goa



Date: 7th February 2018




To,
The Minister of Environment,
Government of Goa, Secretariat,
Porvorim, Goa


To,
The Principal Secretary
(Environment and Forest)
Secretariat, Panjim, Goa


To,
The Member Secretary
The Goa State Pollution Control Board, Panjim, Goa


To,
The Dy. Director General (Term Cell)
2nd Floor, Khamla Telephone Exchange,
Khamal, Nagpur – 440 025


Subject: Incompetence in mobile tower radiation emission monitoring in Goa

Sirs,

We wish to bring to your attention complete lethargy in installing mobile tower radiation emissions in the State of Goa. As per the letter and its attachments to Bharat Mukti Morcha bearing no.10/1/16-PCB/Tech/1059 dated 12/09/2016 signed by Environmental Engineer of Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) Mr. Sanjeev Joglekar following facts are revealed:

1.      Our two complaints dated 30/07/2015 and 26/11/2015 signed by hundreds of people in Nauxim-Bambolim localities along with several others in Goa has been jointly sent to the Dy. Director General (Term Cell) at 2nd floor, Khamla Telephone Exchange, Khamal, Nagpur 440025 vide letter dated 09/09/2016 bearing no10/01/16-PCB/Tech/10557 with a request to carry out EMR monitoring at various informed locations. Term Cell was also requested to intimate the board the date and time in advance so that the complainant can remain present during the inspection. In this regard we wish to let you know that so far we as complainant have not received any intimation of inspection by term cell of mobile towers in Bambolim – Nauxim localities. Moreover we wish to let you know that our verbal inquiry at the office of Goa State Pollution Control Board has confirmed that Term Cell has not contacted GSPCB to carry on any inspection of mobile towers in Goa. As a result our complaints have remained unattended for more than two years. And we are aware that mobile tower complaints to GSPCB are from as early as 2012.

2.      The decision to sent Goa Complaints to Term Cell to Nagpur has that of State level Telecom Committee meeting held on 20/07/2016 attended by the Chief Secretary R.K. Srivastava, Levinson Martins, Member –Secretary, Dr. Puttaraju, Chief Town Planner and representative from Department of Urban Development who name is not readable on the minutes copy provided to us. We ask as to why State Level Telecom Monitoring Committee has not followed up on this important matter of Public Health? Why entire population of Goa has been put into risk of radiation emitted from mobile towers?

In the light of the above we call upon you to do the following:

1.      Make all mobile towers in Nauxim – Bambolim locality and all over Goa dysfunctional till regular monitoring mechanism for radiation monitoring is installed in Goa as Term Cell located in Nagpur is not bothered about EMR monitoring in Goa.

2.      Install full fledged radiation monitoring system in Goa with public participation.

3.      In the event of failure to install full fledged radiation monitoring system in Goa stop mobile towers permanently and uproot existing mobile towers.

Kindly do the needful; act swiftly or else this lead to unpredictable irreversible and dangerous consequences to Public Health in Goa.

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,



Maggie Silveira,
President, Goa State


Sanjay Pereira
Convener, Cacra unit  


Rohidas Andrade
Convener, Bambolim unit


Socorro Braganza
Convener, Siridao Unit


Anthony Cardozo
Convener, Curca Unit


Sitaram Pereira
Convener, Odxel Unit


Milind Palkar
Convener, Nauxi unit


Ms. Kalpana Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Chandrakant Lotlikar
Secretary, Siridao Unit

Hanuman Dias
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Honu Divkar,
Co-convener, Odxel Unit


Deu Kankonkar
Secretary, Nauxi Unit

Yeshwant Shirvoikar,
Co-convener, Odxel Unit


Manguesh Sawant,
Co-convener, Odxel unit


Amir Mardolkar,
Co-convener, Nauxim Unit


Francis Coelho,
Co-convener, Nauxim Unit


Ms. Jaya Kuttikar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Jonu Shirvoikar,
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Ms. Sheila D’mello,
Co-convener, Cacra Unit


Ashok Kukalkar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Ganashyam Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel


Uttam Martins
C0-convener, Odxel Unit


Rohit Hadkonkar,
Co-convenor, Bambolim Unit


Sanju Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit,

Chandrakanth Rosario
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit


Vijay Sawant
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit


Ragunath Sautodkar
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit


Mahadev Andre Rosario
Co-convenor, Nauxim Unit

2 comments:

  1. Hi
    Did you receive any response to this petition. Wonder if you could suggest how we could fight for removal of mobile tower on a neighbours house not even 10 mtrs away from mine in Mapusa Goa

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