Telecom experts debunk myths on baleful effects of EMF signals

DoT holds awareness seminar in city

SHILLONG, Oct 13: Telecom experts on Wednesday presented scientific evidences and rejected theories that claim that electromagnetic field (EMF) signals emanated by mobile network towers are detrimental to health.
During an awareness seminar organised by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Shillong License Service Area (LSA) in the city, the experts also advocated the need for more mobile network towers.
The seminar was held as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations and DoT’s public advocacy programme in a bid to build a new self-reliant India by ensuring a robust telecom network with state-of-the-art technology and the best quality of service.
An expert panel comprising senior officials from the Telecom department, along with a doctor, conferred about the apprehensions put forth by citizens and disproved myths and misinformation relating to health hazards by the EMF signals from mobile towers.
DDG (Compliance), DoT, North East LSA, Shillong, AK Jain, during his address, said that the DoT keeps a tab on the EMF emission levels across the country. “The DoT monitors the EMF emission levels from towers across India and ensures compliance with emission norms across the country through its field units. LSAs also conduct physical audits of sites by selecting them randomly and testing the power of the available EMF signals at different probable locations near the site,” Jain said.
On the other hand, Senior DDG, DoT, North East LSA, Shillong, AK Sahu, dwelt at length about the exigency of telecommunications for the socio-economic development of a nation. He said, “Telecommunications is a key source of empowerment of citizens at large and an effective tool for socio-economic development of a nation. It has become the core infrastructure for the rapid growth and modernisation of various sectors of the economy. To provide the best quality of telecommunication service to the customers, the expansion of mobile network, including tower infrastructure, is inevitable.”
As part of his presentation on EMF radiation, DDG Mizoram, DoT, North East LSA, K Sri Krishna, gave an overview of low-level EMF emanation from mobile network towers. “The EMF radiation is a RF/Electromagnetic energy emitted from mobile tower antenna and non-ionizing mobile handsets having very low energy. Based on scientific evidence, studies and reports available, it is found that there is no conclusive evidence of the stated danger of EMF radiation from mobile tower,” he said.
DDG (Compliance), DoT, AP LSA, Vijaywada, A Robert Jerard Ravi, assured that all telecom service providers ensure that radiation from mobile towers (BTSs) are within safe limits prescribed by DoT and self-certification to this effect is submitted to respective DoT, field units on launch, whenever a change occurs and also on a biennial/triennial basis. “All mobile towers start functioning commercially only after the submission of self-certification,” he said.
On the other hand, Senior Professor & HoD at Radiological Physics, SMS Medical College & Hospitals, Jaipur, Dr. Arun Chougule, also allayed public apprehensions on the EMF emanating from mobile network towers.
“Extensive scientific research on the subject has been unable to find a connection between mobile tower radiation and human health. There is no scientific or medical evidence available to corroborate the argument used against mobile towers,” Dr. Chougule said.
He added that exceedingly low-powered non-ionizing radiations are emitted from mobile network towers that have no adverse health impact on human or animal life. “Following investigations, the WHO has concluded that there is no risk to human health from mobile tower radiation,” he said.
The entire seminar stressed on the need for citizens to understand that EMF from mobile network towers are being strictly monitored and evidence from credible sources have ruled out the possibility of any impending health issues emanating from EMF radiations.

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