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Telecom firms counter health hazard claims

Vaishnavi Vasudevan, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 09, 2012
First Published: 01:04 IST(9/10/2012) | Last Updated: 01:05 IST(9/10/2012)

At a time when residents are fretting about the possible health effects of radiation emitted by cell phone towers, telecom tower companies are making an effort to present their side of the story. For the past few months, Indus Towers Ltd is reaching out to residential areas to provide scientific explanation on cell phone towers and radiation emission.

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Indus Towers Ltd is considered the world’s largest telecom-tower company. It provides services to telecom operators like Vodafone, Airtel, Aircel, Idea and others. The company has set up around 4,500 towers in the city.

“When worried residents contact us, we meet them and educate them on the topic. We are only presenting scientific facts to make our point,” said Sameer Sinha, chief sales and marketing officer of Indus Towers Ltd. “This is not just being done in Mumbai. We are reaching out to people all over the country,” he added.

Commenting on awareness campaigns in the city, a senior official from the company said, “The radiation level that the activists are demanding is uncannily low. Many people are scared about its effects because they are unaware of the issue. It is important that they understand the thermal impact of radiation and other scientific terms. We are only trying to put forward scientific facts.”

Following reports in the media, several residents approached telecom companies to remove towers erected on their terraces, to which the firms have responded with their own explanations, which has confused them further. “We complained them to remove the towers, and they explained to us why there is no reason to worry. Now we are confused whether one or two towers within permissible levels will affect the health of people. It is becoming difficult for us to take a decision,” said Prakash Mehta, resident of Ghatkopar.


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