A total of 108 cell phone towers were found exceeding radiation limits in the last three years and penalties have been imposed on the concerned telecom providers, Lok Sabha was informed today. A total of 72 cell phone towers were found exceeding prescribed radiation level in 2013, while the figure came down to 24 the next year and no tower was found violating the norms till May this year, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said during Question Hour. In 2015, the number of such towers stood at 12. Also Read - BSNL loss widens to Rs 7,992 cr in 2017-18Also Read - Broadband services ready in 1.16 lakh gram panchayats: Sinha
Telecom enforcement resources and monitoring field units have imposed financial penalty amounting to Rs 6.60 crore on defaulting telecom service providers for non-compliant base transceiver stations, he said. Quoting World Health Organization, he said current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequence from exposure to low level electromagnetic fields. Sinha also said different high courts have heard the matter and dismissed petitions in which mobile tower installations at various locations, including residential, were challenged on grounds of health effects of electromagnetic radiations.
Supreme Court had recently sought the Centre s response on a plea seeking protection of citizens from deleterious effects of radiation emanating from cell phones and mobile towers. A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice A M Khanwilkar issued notices to Department of Telecommunications (DoT), New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) and M/s Indus Towers Ltd, the firm which has installed some mobile towers in Noida, and tagged the PIL for hearing with another similar pending plea.