BHOPAL: Senior officials of department of telecommunications (DoT) have clarified that electro-magnetic field (EMF) radiation from telecom towers is no longer dangerous for the public at large.
“Various studies are being conducted to find the truth about EMF radiation and its impact on human health. Available scientific evidences do not confirm any harmful impact of EMF radiation from mobile towers,” said DoT LSA, MP senior DDG Tushar Kanti Kaul.
Kaul explained that since 2008, DoT had been monitoring global developments and had already taken necessary steps and adopted stricter norms for safety from EMF radiation that were emitted from mobile towers and mobile handsets. The acceptable transmission limits was set by international standards and Indian standards were now 10 times more stringent than over 90% countries in the world, he added.
For non-compliance of EMF standards, a penalty of Rs 10 lakh is to be levied per BTS per service provider. The ICMR impact enviroment like birds and animals. No link determined of cause and effect due to radio-frequency, said a report in 2014.
There were 70,000 VTS in Madhya Pradesh. In Bhopal alone, there were 7,200 VTS along with 1,900 towers, he said. In Bhopal, the test percentage was as high as 70%. As per government policy, 10% of all telecom towers were tested. If there was a cause for concern, the DoT provided testing for EMF in public interest for free, said Kaul.
Tower emissions or EMF radiations had no cause and effect on humans, said DoT experts.
No medical confirmation of EMF impact on humans
There was a possibility of effect of EMF on human health, but there was no confirmation, admitted Hyderabad-based consultant haematologist and medical oncologist Dr Suresh VS Attili. While DoT didn’t have a radiologist to address the issue, Dr Attili said frequency had a basic principle, and energy could not disappear. If it comes from the cell phone, it will reach the body. The spectrum of impact needs to be understood.
“Radiation (ionizina) cancers are only 1%,” he said. Non-ionizing cancer had not been included in WHO list of reasons for causing cancer. His presentation was interrupted by another doctor, Dr Atul Samaiya who cited a study and claimed that for more than 10 years one-sided personal use of mobile leads to brain tumour. He also had no definite reasons to link human impact and EMF radiation.
How to check EMF exposure:
For towers emission check go to http://tarangsanchar.gov.in/EMFportal
Click on location and find EMF levels. Site also geo-locates location by itself. Get email updates for tower near you.
Mobile radiation check: Type *#07# on mobile to check mobile specific absorption rate (SAR). The SAR value, which is the radiation emitted by a cellphone, will have to be displayed on mobile handsets. The 1.6 watt/kg averaged over a mass of 1 gram human tissue are only permitted to be manufactured or imported in India for domestic market.
The Rs 4,000 per request for emission check. In public interest, test can be for free.