After the tower's installation, Mr Tiwari's health gradually deteriorated with frequent bouts of fever, night sweats and fatigue. In 2013, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
"The sound of cancer is a death sentence for a poor man like me. My cancer was because of the cellphone tower. I have two children and a family that is dependent on me but we had to borrow money, sell my wife's jewellery to collect cash for my treatment," says Mr Tiwari.
He read about the perils of electromagnetic radiation that a cellphone tower emits. His multiple requests to the collector to get the tower removed from the residential area went unheeded.
Despite the debate around the cellphone towers mushrooming amid our neighbourhoods, the Telecom Minister remains relentless on his stand. Manoj Sinha, Telecom Minister, tells NDTV, "There is no evidence that cellphone towers pose a health risk. It is completely safe and there is no need for people to panic and worry."
In a historic move, responding to the petition, a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha said, "We direct that the particular mobile tower shall be deactivated by BSNL within seven days from today."
AP Singh, DGM BSNL says, "Upon inspection, we found that 212 cellphone towers were emitting more than the optimum radiation and fined them Rs 10 Lakh each. We are also adhering to the Supreme Court order and are dismantling the tower."
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