To spread awareness about effects of mobile tower radiations and the myths around it, the Department of Telecom (DoT) will soon be launching a portal – Tarang – with data on all mobile towers and transmitters across the country in a month that will allow a user to check the radiation compliance status.
“Status of the towers will be available on the portal which will be launched in a month. Those who…want to get the radiation level checked of towers will be done by the government and he will be informed,” Union Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha told PTI. A fee of Rs 5,000 would be charged for the test to be conducted by the government.
While addressing an awareness program on EMF emissions and telecom towers, the minister said that there are many myths and misconceptions about the radiation and its impact on health which need to be cleared.
“Mobile connectivity and broadband are a necessity today and without infrastructure for this, we cannot make our society cashless. There is a misconception…that electromagnetic emission from towers causes adverse impact on health. There are studies conducted by WHO and various countries but no study has so far established this fact,” the minister claimed.
Sinha also added that these misconceptions lead to difficulties and opposition from people in installing new towers which are necessary for better connectivity. He further said that permissible limit for the radiation in India is ten times less than those in other countries.
He also said that the government has allowed the telecom companies to install towers on the buildings of post offices and other government offices and asked the state governments to issue permission in their respective states too.