A day after Hindustan Times reported about Bollywood actor Juhi Chawla being worried about the mobile towers set up at Sahyadri state guesthouse located 40 meters across her house, a team from IIT Mumbai headed by professor Girish Kumar volunteered to check her claims, and found a major part of her house was ‘vulnerable’.
“The range we found was between 10 to 25 milliwatts per sqm but at certain intervals it even shot up to 380. What’s important is that the most occupied space in the house—the hall—has continuous exposure which is dangerous,” Kumar said.
“Even 1mw of radiation is harmful and here there is exposure to about 25. And at a distance of 40 meters from a high radiation zone, one is prone to ill effects of electromagnetic radiation,” Kumar said.
An independent agency reported radio frequency levels above 2000 mw per sqm at the actor’s house in July 2010. The government then changed the direction of the towers and showed a lower range between 1.6 to 25.6 mw per sqm.
Chawla continues to be concerned and hopes that some concrete action is taken. “If the change in tower direction has led to lesser radiation levels at my house, it only means someone else is facing higher radiation since there are several buildings nearby,” Juhi said.