Most telecom towers a threat during lightning - CEA
COLOMBO: There are over 3,200 telecommunication towers in Sri Lanka
while there should be only one telecommunication tower within a radius
of 500 metres, Central Environment Authority (CEA) Chairman Gammanpila
There are many complaints against these towers. Usually these towers
should minimise the risk of lightning but in Sri Lanka some towers are a
threat during lightning because of certain shortcomings, Gammanpila
said. He said that telecommunication towers should be earthed properly
using copper wires.
Copper wires are very expensive and private companies have to spend
large funds for this. But some companies do not invest to earth their
towers properly to cut down cost. Because of this, lightning can strike
and damage properties and injure people. Often thieves steal expensive
copper wires as once installed private companies do not monitor towers,”
According to Gammanpila an Environmental Protection Licence should be
obtained to erect a telecommunication tower and the CEA carries out an
annual monitoring to check whether the guidelines are followed by the
Steps will be taken to implement a new strategy to minimise the
number of towers by taking over telecommunication towers by the
Government and renting them to companies. A new levy will also be
introduced on telecommunication towers in the future in order to stress
the importance of protecting environment, he said.
Telecommunication towers have invaded most mountains of Sri Lanka
destroying the natural beauty of the country, Gammanpila said.