A 'tower'ing problem

A senior resident is determined to fight the illegal construction


Aircel network tower which is coming up on a house at 3rd Cross in Kolar. dh photo

Though these technologies reduce our time and fastens are work ultimately saving lot of time and energy they too have a flip side.

Though beneficial to a large population it is affecting a people, small community, who happen to be at its receiving end.

A similar thing has happened in Kolar which is yet to come out of its rural nature and embrace urban lifestyle. The erecting of a Aircel network tower on a house in the residential locality has become a bone of a contention, with a resident now determined to take the matter to court.

Contention

A Aircel tower is being erected on a house at 3 cross in the ward no 12 of the City. However, no permission has been obtained from the neighbours before erecting the tower, which is mandatory.
B C Govindappa, a senior citizen, who resides in the house next to the house where Aircel tower is being installed, said that residents must be informed of this ahead and permission must be obtained compulsorily. However, no such rule has been followed here and residents have been neglected, he added.

“A metal staircase, adjacent to our house has been installed to the tower. The staircase gives an easy access to our house. Further the Aircel officials have been unnecessarily troubling us.” Govindappa added. He said that he and his wife were being troubled in their old age.

CMC’s negligence

Govindappa had given a complaint (September 3) to CMC Commissioner about the inconvenience caused due to the illegal Aircel tower and generator being installed next to their house. He added also stated the danger posed to their house by the tower’s weight and had demanded the scrapping of the tower.
Though two months have passed their is no response from the CMC.

Govindappa said that he had also filed a application under RTI Act to collect information about the course of action as Commissioner refused to give information. He has also decided to move to court to obtain stay order.

Govindappa has sought the support of various pro-people organisation in his approach.

Many instances like these have happened elsewhere and many a people have approached the court for solving the issue. However, erecting of these towers in crowded places have been largely opposed.
One has to wait and see the out come of this struggle waged by a senior citizen against the telecom gaint.

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