Public gathered in front of Jaffna Municipal Council in an attention drawing protest against and demanding to immediately stop the erecting of Smart Cellular telecommunication towers being constructed in Jaffna area. The protesters said that towers had not been approved by the Municipal Commissioner and they are being constructed with the authority of the Mayor. They also said that these towers are dangerous to the people and demanded the construction be stopped immediately.
It was learned through the Right to Information act the construction of the towers are not in conformity to Section 79 of the National Environment act No.47 of 1980 nor has any approval from Urban Development Authority.
Hence, the Mayor should abandon this project which is being carried out without creating awareness among people and without destroying our society in the guise modernizing.
It is notable that the TNA did not participate in this protest.