Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cell towers likely sources of radiation, disease: Report

Publication: The Times Of India Mumbai; Date:2010 Dec 07; Section:Times City; Page Number 2

Cell towers likely sources of radiation, disease: Report

Study For DoT Says India Should Tighten Norms


Mumbai: Cellphone operators have long denied their transmitting towers atop buildings or on highways have any adverse bearing on the health of humans or animals, despite several studies across the world concluding the contrary. Now a report for the Department of Telecommunication by a faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, reinforces what scientists have long held—that areas around cellphone towers are highradiation and consequently highrisk zones. Moreover, it recommends that ndia, which has very “relaxed radiation norms’’, must raise the safety bar.

Girish Kumar, professor, electrical engineering department of the Powai institute, who visited rooftops of several buildings and measured radiation on places with cell towers mounted, said: “These towers transmit radiation 24x7, so people living nearby will receive 10,000 to 10,000,000 times stronger signal than required for mobile communication. In India, crores of people reside in these hig radiation zones.’’

Kumar noted the cell phone industry was becoming “another cigarette industry, which for long kept claiming smoking is not harmful. In fact, cellphone/tower radiation is worse than smoking as one cannot see it or smell it, and its effect on health is noted after a long period of exposure.

Unfortunately, all of us are absorbing this slow poison unknowingly.” For instance, Kumar visited the apartment of a lady detected with cancer a year after a cellphone tower was installed in the vicinity. A hand-held broadband radiation monitoring device, taken near the windows, detected radiation levels were around 0.007069 W/m2. India has adopted a radiation norm of 4.7 W/m2, but the study noted serious health effects at as low a level of 0.0001 W/m2. Though India adheres to the radiation density limit set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), Kumar observed Indians faced an added threat: radiation from multiple towers. “One should know the actual radiation pattern (unfortunately not made public) to calculate exact radiation density at a point,’’ he noted. One of the first steps he recommended was tightening radiation norms and reducing number of towers. Many countries in the world have adopted much stricter maximum radiation density values of 0.001 to 0.24 W/m2.


Cancer Risk

Use of mobile phones for more than years poses a risk of brain cancer. Children and teenagers are five times more susceptible as their brain is not fully developed and radiation penetration is much deeper Infertility Studies confirm cell phone radiation can
drastically affect male fertility. Studies have found 30% sperm decrease in intensive mobile phone users, in addition to damage of sperms Neurodegenerative Diseases

People living near mobile phone base stations are also at risk of developing neuropsychiatric problems as headache, memory loss, nausea, dizziness, tremors, muscle spasms, numbness, tingling, altered reflexes, muscle and joint paint, leg/foot pain, depression, and sleep disturbance. More severe reactions include seizures, paralysis, psychosis and stroke

Skin Damage

Radiation from cell towers and mobile phones affects human skin. It can result in an increase in mast cells, leading to the clinical symptoms of itch, pain, edema and erythema. It also may be instrumental in higher concentration of the transtyretin protein, which has an important role in causing nervous diseases like Alzheimers

Interference With Other Gadgets

Radio frequency exposure from cellular phone base antennas and mobiles can affect patients with pacemakers, implantable cardiovascular defibrillators and impulse generators Melatonin Reduction

Melatonin, a vital neurohormone, regulates our circadian rhythm. Studies with animals show a reduction in melatonin levels following radio frequency radiation exposure from cell phones and cell towers. Turning off transmitters resulted in a significant increased
melatonin levels within few days

Ear & Eye Damage

Radiation emitted by mobiles may damage the delicate workings of the inner ear, and longterm and intensive use for more than four years and for longer than 30 minutes a day creates high risk of irreversible hearing loss. Frequent use of mobiles can also damage the visual system

Sleep Disorders

Use of handsets before going to bed delays and reduces sleep, and causes headaches, confusion and depression. The findings are especially alarming for children and teenagers as they use cell phones at night and keep the phone next to their head, it may lead to mood and personality changes, depression, lack of concentration and poor
academic performance


At a farmhouse near Delhi-Gurgaon toll naka, with 4 cell towers, the owner said output of most fruit trees drastically reduced in two years Residents of Usha Kiran, Carmichael Rd, alleged 3 cell towers on neighbouring Vijay Apts, subject them to maximum radiation

At Khar bridge, power density and radiation was way above the permissible limits.

Email to Shri Chandrashekhar, Secretary, DOT

From: Prof. Girish Kumar

To: mrciin@yahoo.co.in; bemsons@yahoo.com
Sent: Mon, December 6, 2010 12:30:31 PM

Subject: Cell Tower Radiation Report - sent to Secretary, DOT, Delhi

Dear Ramesh,

Last week, I had gone to Delhi and met Shri Chandrashekhar, Secretary,
DOT on Dec. 3, 2010 and subsequenty sent him the following email.

Please go through the attached report and do the needful.

The report has been also uploaded at the following site:


With regards.


Girish Kumar
Professor, Electrical Engineering Department
I.I.T. Bombay, Powai, Mumbai - 400076, INDIA
Tel. - (022) 2576 7436, Fax - (022) 2572 3707
email- gkumar@ee.iitb.ac.in


Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 11:26:48 +0530 (IST)
From: Prof. Girish Kumar
To: secy-dot@nic.in

Subject: Cell Tower Radiation Report

Dear Shri Chandrashekhar,

It was nice meeting you in your office on Dec. 3, 2010. As discussed,
I am sending you Cell Tower Radiation Report prepared by me after going
through 100's of papers and interacting with large number of people.

In Section 7, I have included Possible Solutions to reduce the ill effects of
cell tower radiation.

After meeting you, I went to the farm house near Delhi-Gurgaon toll naka,
where 4 cell towers are installed. The owner of the farm house told me
that the output of most of the fruit bearing trees has drastically
reduced in the last 2 years.

Please take immediate steps to adopt tighter radiation norms to save
humans, animals, birds, environment and mother earth.

With regards.


Girish Kumar
Professor, Electrical Engineering Department
I.I.T. Bombay, Powai, Mumbai - 400076, INDIA
Tel. - (022) 2576 7436, Fax - (022) 2572 3707
email- gkumar@ee.iitb.ac.in

Chairman, Wilcom Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
B-421, City Mall, Sector - 19, Vashi-Turbhe Road
Vashi, Navi Mumbai - 400 705, INDIA
Tel. - (022) 2784 1340, Fax - (022) 2784 1325

email - prof.gkumar@gmail.com


Government to frame rules for mobile towers

Publication: The Times Of India Mumbai; Date:2010 Dec 08; Section:Times City; Page Number 13

Government to frame rules for mobile towers

The government is collecting feedback from concerned departments for framing comprehensive rules and regulations for installation of mobile
towers by cellphone service providers in the state, CM Prithviraj Chavan
stated in a written reply to the state assembly on Tuesday.

‘‘The rules will be finalized soon,’’ Chavan stated in response to the query
raised several members in the House.

A multi-member committee, set up on March 20 this year, under the
additional secretary (health) to study the effects of the electromagnetic rays
emanating from cellphone towers, had recommended various measures
including framing of rules and regulation for mobile towers. The committee
furnished its report to the government on August 6.