DoT and Delhi LSA conduct webinar on EMF radiation of Mobile towers
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT), and Delhi License Service Area (LSA) organized an awareness webinar on “EMF Emissions and Telecom Towers”. This session was organized as a part of DoT’s public advocacy programme to make the consumers aware about the growing need for mobile towers to build reliable telecom infrastructure and to break myths regarding the health effects of EMF exposure from mobile towers.
The Webinar was addressed by Sh. Nizamul Haq, Advisor, DoT, New Delhi; and Sh. Arun Kumar, DDG, DoT, Delhi LSA. Presentation on various aspects of EMF and steps taken by DoT was covered by Sh. Vijay Prakash, Director and Sh. Kamal Tripathi, ADG, DoT, Delhi LSA. Various health related queries and myths about harmful effects of EMF radiations from mobile towers was also clarified by a medical expert, Dr Vivek Tandon, Associate Professor (Neurosurgery), All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
Nizamul Haque, Advisor, DoT, Delhi LSA put a spotlight on the importance of telecommunications as an effective tool for socio-economic development of a nation. It has become core infrastructure for rapid growth and modernization of various sectors of the economy. To provide the best quality of telecommunication service to the customers, the expansion of mobile networks including tower infrastructure are inevitable.
Arun Kumar, DDG and Shri Vijay Prakash, Director, Delhi LSA further addressed that the EMF emissions from a mobile tower, which are below the safe limits prescribed by International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and recommended by World Health Organisation (WHO), have no convincing scientific evidence of causing adverse health effects. Various judgments of High Courts of India on the issues of radiation from mobile towers says that there is no conclusive data to show that radiation from mobile towers is in any way harmful or hazardous to the health of citizens.
Dr. Vivek Tandon, Associate Professor AIIMS Delhi clarified various myths about health related issues due to EMF radiations from mobile towers and handsets. Misconceptions among a section of the population around the health hazards of EMF radiations should not override the factual information made available to us through scientific research.
The Department of Telecommunication (DoT), through its field units, has already taken necessary steps and adopted stricter norms for safety from EMF radiation that are emitted from mobile towers. DoT has adopted the radiation norms which are 10 times stricter than the norms prescribed by ICNIRP as recommended by WHO.
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