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Helpline to address mobile tower radiation issues soon

To address citizen complaints about high radiation from mobile phone towers speedily and reduce its ill-effects, the Centre will soon set up a mechanism to register and measure radiation, which includes a helpline

mumbai Updated: Oct 03, 2012 01:25 IST
Reetika Subramanian
Reetika Subramanian
Hindustan Times

Sources in the department of telecommunication, which is implementing the pilot project in Mumbai, said its officials will swiftly measure radiation levels at a cost and submit a report on each complaint. Operators whose towers emit radiation higher than the limit of 450 milliwatts/sq m will have to pay a fine of Rs5 lakh.

As reported in HT earlier, it is common for people living close to mobile towers to experience headaches, joint pains, anxiety, lack of concentration, sleep disturbances; cancer happens in extreme cases.

Experts said the helpline would make little difference as the revised permissible limit of 450 milliwatts/sq m, enforced from September 1, is high. “Citizens suffer even when levels are below 100 milliwatts/sq m. Unless the permissible limit is brought down, the mechanism will consider high levels as safe,” said Prakash Munshi, anti-radiation campaigner.

The DoT has started addressing the problem of lack of adequate equipment and staff at its Telecom Enforcement and Monitoring cell in Mumbai, which has 150 pending complaints.

First Published: Oct 03, 2012 01:23 IST