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Supreme Court seeks Centre’s response on petition on mobile radiation plea

The plea referred to the effects of radiation emanating from mobile towers and cell phones.

  • Updated: June 30, 2016 1:28 PM IST
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Supreme Court today 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. Also Read - Airtel 5G Mumbai trials show download speeds of 1.2Gbps, upload at 850Mbps

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Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Noida resident Naresh Chand Gupta who has filed the PIL, referred to the deleterious effects of radiation, emanating from mobile towers and cell phones. “There is a huge chunk of scientific data linking radiation from cell phones and towers to adverse health effects in people and animals. “The adverse health effects range from headaches, sleep disturbances, dizziness and other neurophysiologic disturbances to life-threatening brain tumors radiation from cell phones and towers has also been linked to sweeping decline in population of honey bees, sparrows and other birds and animals,” the petition said.

The plea has sought a direction to DoT to “drastically reduce the exposure limit from cell towers and … cell phones keeping in line with stricter norms followed in other countries and recommendations of scientific studies”. “Prohibit installation of cell towers within a distance of 500 meters from residential areas, schools, hospitals, markets and other places with dense human population, and wildlife habitation, and direct removal of towers already so installed,” it said. The plea has also sought creation of a mechanism for “continuous monitoring of radiation from cell towers and putting the data in public domain”.

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Besides, the PIL has sought setting aside of the permission granted by the Noida authority to Indus Towers Ltd to install cell phone towers upon the building of community club of Sector 15 A in Noida and shift them out into a green belt area.

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  • Published Date: June 30, 2016 1:10 PM IST
  • Updated Date: June 30, 2016 1:28 PM IST



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