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‘Radiation by BSNL towers well within limits'

Staff Reporter

Self-certification done in compliance with Centre's guidelines

Photo: T.Vijaya Kumar

BSNL Guntur Telecom District GM V Ramesh showing an imported digital meter used to measure radiation that emanates from mobile phone towers in Guntur on Tuesday

Guntur: The electromagnetic radiation emanated by mobile phone towers of BSNL in Guntur district is well within the permissible limits and hence not harmful to the health of human beings. This is according to the self-certification of the towers done by the BSNL in compliance with Government of India guidelines which are based on studies done by the International Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), a constituent body of the World Health Organization.

The status report has been sent to Department of Telecommunications (DoT) which will soon conduct a random check and impose penalties on the service providers whose equipment generate more than the stipulated levels of radiation, said BSNL Guntur Telecom District (GTD) General Manager V Ramesh. Addressing a press conference in his office chambers here on Tuesday, Mr. Ramesh said a series of studies done under the aegis of WHO and by other globally reputed institutions did not show proven values that are beyond safe transmitting levels and the biological aspects are also being evaluated by health care professionals across the world.

There was a widespread people's perception that mobile tower radiations were hazardous but FM radios and televisions were more harmful due to their low frequencies which have a higher penetration power. Mr. Ramesh said that GTD had recently procured RF-EMF (Radio Frequency-Electromagnetic Field) digital meters with which the intensity of radiation was measured.

For instance, the radiation levels (electric field strength in terms of volts per meter) recorded at the towers located on General Manager's office building, Ashok Nagar Exchange and Arundalpet citizen's service center were 2.254, 1.556 and 0.8248 respectively. The reference level is 41.25. The magnetic field strength at the same three locations in `ampere per meter' are 0.005979, 0.004146 and 0.00252 for a reference level of 0.111. It is clear from the given empirical data that the radiation was one thousand times less powerful than the reference levels.

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