Radiation from Mobile Towers in India a matter of concern

According to a Inter Ministerial Report submitted to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), radiation from Mobile towers in the country is a huge threat to the health of the citizens. The report has recommended DoT to cut down the mobile phone tower radiation by 10 percent of the present level. Although the report clearly states that the safe limit for our health is 1000 times less than even the recommended limit.

At present, India follows the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNRIP) guidelines for radiation. The guidelines allow a radiation rate of 9.2 watt per sq meter to be emitted. The report recommends this level to cut down to 8.28 watt per sq. meter.

With the presence of 5.4 lakh mobile phone towers in the country; experts say that the amount of radiation emitted from these towers in a day, is equivalent to putting one's body in an oven for 19 minutes.

The study also underlines that that India has the worst cell phone tower radiation norms in the world. The upper limit is so high that within 2 years the health of 1 crore Indians could be affected.

Apart from cutting the radiation by 10 percent the study recommends stricter restrictions on towers being installed near high density residential areas and schools. --------

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