Waiting for disaster? South MCD allows school below high-tension wires

first_imgFlouting all norms of safety, especially where the children are concerned, a private school was allowed to be developed where high tension wires are running alongside the IGNOU Road, Neb Sarai area.Four-floored St. Mary’s Junior School, which accommodates about thousand students from nursery to VII, came up in 2012. This is where a high-tension power line was already running overhead for decades. High-voltage lines are not only considered to be a major accident hazard, in the event of them breaking and falling, but serious casualties may arise if children come in contact with them through sticks, kites or loose strings. Besides, Electromagnetic Field (EMF) radiations are believed to affect the developing brains of children and may cause headaches, tumour, cancer, Alzheimer ‘s disease and depression.After the anomaly was pointed out by nominated member of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and senior advocate BS Joon on Wednesday, SDMC said, “We do not permit any construction in unauthorised colonies (like Neb Sarai). Any construction beneath high-tension power line is not permitted even in approved colonies.”The corporation blamed the Revenue Department of Delhi Government “whose primary duty is to stop the carving out of unauthorized colonies under the DLR Act 1954,” officials said.They also held guilty the electricity regularity authorities in the city -DISCOM and TRANSCO – “for not removing structures along the length of high-tension lines as per sections of the Central Electricity Authority Regulations, 2010.”At the same time, the SDMC ordered an enquiry to identify their own “defaulting officials responsible for the illegal construction.” Joon said, “Corruption and callousness together leads to such illegal developments, which is a disaster waiting to happen like the Mumbai restaurant fire recently.advertisementThe wires are connected to a transmission tower approximately 800-1000 meter away. The only thing that separates the school building and class-rooms from the high voltage lines at the closest point of contact is a tree, just about 15 meters at the crown,” he pointed out.”The children are clearly exposed to the radiation during prayers and sports activities at the playground as the wires run directly overhead. We are risking lives of over 1,000 students by exposing them to harmful radiation every day,” he said.The school authorities said they have been in the area for 30 years now, previously on a different location on IGNOU Road. “We have never been told that radiation from the lines will harm us or our students,” said St. Mary’s administrator, Thomas Alex. “We are operating with all requisite permissions,” he added.Experts like Californiabased EMF test engineer Michael R. Neuert say, “The strongest magnetic fields are usually emitted from high voltage transmission lines – the power lines on the big, tall metal towers.To be sure that you are reducing the exposure levels to 0.5 milligauss (mG) or less, a safety distance of 700 feet may be neededMumbai: Fire in Andheri building kills four peoplelast_img

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