Wildlife dept’s nod must for new cell towers
Thiruvananthapuram: In view of the possible ill-effects of radiation from cellphone towers on animals, the telecommunications department has decided to ask mobile operators to obtain clearance from the wildlife division of the environment ministry.
A telecommunications official spoke about this plan at a meeting of an experts’ committee formed by the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to study the possible impact of telecom towers on wildlife, Sainudeen Pattazhy, a member of the panel, said.
Mobile phone operators are already required to get clearance from defence and civil aviation authorities for installing towers in areas which have a bearing on their operations.
“Quite a few studies have pointed out that radiation from mobile towers harmed wildlife. So, it is important that telecom operators get clearance from the wildlife department before erecting towers, especially in areas close to forests, parks and zoos,” Pattazhy said. AGENCIES