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Mobile towers a health hazard SC?
The Supreme Court sought responses from the Centre and the telecom department on a PIL describing the communication towers — put up at prominent locations by mobile phone service providers — as health hazards, because they emit electromagnetic radiation.
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The Supreme Court has sought a response from the Centre and the Telecommunication Department on a PIL regarding the health hazards caused by electromagnetic radiations emitted by cell phone towers, and seeking laying down of guidelines for erecting communication towers by cellular companies to provide interconnectivity.
A Bench comprising Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal and Justices C K Thakker and R V Raveendran issued notices to a host of ministries including home, defence, communications and information and broadcasting on the PIL filed by an NGO, Karma Jyot Seva Trust.
The petitioner NGO highlighting the hazardous effect of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiations emitted by cell phone towers, microwave ovens, mobile phones, TV remotes etc. It stressed on the fact that electronic equipment manufactured and offered in the Indian market are not shielded against such radiations while in western countries there are proper guidelines for the same.
In case of stringent laws introduced, the manufacturers of microwave ovens, television sets, computers, cell phones and service will have to abide by the certain laws at manufacturing or installation level.
Apart from new dimensions in the telecom and electronic goods industry, there will be enormous business opportunity in the field of detecting and arresting such non ionizing radiation while so far India has systems, services, processes and products only to control ionizing radiations.
Many foreign countries follow strict guidelines and laws laid down by their governments to protect citizens from objectionable levels of radiation emitted by electronic gadgets, communication towers, mobile phones etc. In fact all international brands adhere to these laws when supplying products to these countries but when bringing their products to India they ignore such precautions. Excess exposure to electromagnetic waves can cause cancer as well as neurological, respiratory, heart and eye problems.
Internationally, Agencies like WHO have given a safety range of 1-10 Micro watt/m2 as the emission level. India however, does not follow these guidelines and many places have radiation emission as high as 7000 microwatt/m2
Measured RF levels in New Delhi
1.Local Shopping Center Madan Giri Near Main Road 3500
2.Modi Tower Nehru PlaceFront Side 5500
3.TATA Indicom, Mathura RoadEntrance Gate 4450
4.Near Body SPA, M-53 GK1,Near Entrance Gate 7620
5.Bhikaji Cama Place, Near Hyatt HotelEntrance Gate 46006.
6.Deepali Building Nehru Palace Front Side 4900
7.VSNL Main road Near GK1, Outer Ring Road Front Road 5600 (ANI)