Affirming that mobile phone towers are not hazardous to human health, a parliamentary committee has directed the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to start massive advertising campaigns involving various public figures, film stars and artists both at the national and regional levels — to allay the public’s fears about electromagnetic radiation (EMR), according to Daily News and Analysis.
India’s Committee on Information Technology has reported overall weak quality of services in addition to consistently dropped calls. The Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) are obstructing the construction of new towers in residential colonies insisting on the removal of existing ones due to the imagined fear of health risks from EMR.
“The objections and protests raised by RWAs against the installation of mobile towers is one of the factors that is impacting the quality of services, leading to frequent call drops in the country,” the committee’s report said.
The Department of Telecommunications of the Ministry of Communications has tried to educate people about the radiation not being ionizing radiation and, thus, not having an impact on human health. They cite 25,000 articles analyzed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as proof. Plus, the TRAI said, the norms in India for EMR are 10 times stricter than those in the U.S., Japan and other countries, and “robust” monitoring systems have been put in place to ensure that these norms are adhered to.
April 19, 2017