Radiation emitted from mobile towers has no ill effects on human health: Experts

Radiation emitted by cell phone towers does not have any negative impact on human health

Radiation Emitted From Cell Phone Towers Has No Negative Effects On Human Health (iStock Representative Image)

Photo: iStock

After extensive testing at 1,532 cellphone towers, experts said Thursday that low-level non-ionizing radiation emitted by the cellphone towers has no adverse effects on human health. Officials said the Department of Telecommunications’ North East Licensed Service Area (NE-LSA) tested 1,532 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) from April through November this year and found all cell towers to be compliant with DoT standards for electric and magnetic fields.

During a webinar on electromagnetic radiation from cellphone towers, Dr. Tushar Kant Joshi, Advisor, Ministry of Health and Director, OEM Program, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, that “it has been determined that low-level, non-ionizing radiation emitted from cell phone towers does not have any adverse effects on human health.”

Regarding the scientific research, Joshi said that addressing the spread of misinformation and providing an authentic view of cell tower-related health concerns is extremely important. It’s also important to note that there is no scientific or medical evidence to support the argument against cell towers, he stressed.

Shillong-based Senior Deputy Director General of North-East LSA Ravi Goel highlighted the need for telecom services in India and the challenges faced by industry stakeholders.

“We are venturing into an age of hyper-connectivity where the government is making every effort to densify telecom infrastructure and telecom towers as these are the backbone of Indian mobile communications.

“In order to increase efforts, it is important that the fear surrounding the theories surrounding the adverse effects of EMF radiation from cell phone towers be objectively addressed to dispel such misconceptions,” Goel said.

North-East LSA (Compliance) Deputy Director General AKJain said the government has adopted one of the toughest cell tower emissions standards in the world. He said: “We are following standards 10 times stricter than those mandated by ICNIRP and recommended by the WHO globally. DoT continuously monitors EMF emission levels from towers across India, ensuring compliance with established emission standards across the country.”

The experts at the awareness event also mentioned that unscrupulous companies, agencies and individuals are defrauding the public by promising them hefty monthly rent payments for installing cellphone towers. Such scammers encourage the public to deposit funds into their personal company accounts under various names including the deposit, application fees, registration fees, stamp duties, and government taxes under the Telecommunications Act. In addition, it has also been highlighted that the use of telecommunications services via SIM cards and signals of foreign service providers in Indian Territory violates the Indian Telegraph Act 1885 and individuals involved in such acts may be penalized under the Act and other laws and regulations .

An official statement said that India has the potential to lead the telecom technology sector globally. Misunderstandings among a segment of the population about the health hazards of EMF radiation should not override factual information made available through scientific research.

Eight of India’s Supreme Courts have also taken the same view, delivering rulings that refute all of these unfounded fears and misguided activists who pose serious challenges to the country’s overall growth and connectivity, the statement said.