New norms for mobile towers to save wildlife from radiation
New Delhi | Saturday, Aug 11 2012 IST
Expressing concern over the harmful effect of the electromagnetic radiation(EMR) on the wildlife, especially birds and bees, the Environment and Forest Ministry has asked the Telecommunications Department not to allow installation of new mobile towers within a one-km radius of the existing ones.
In an advisory issued on the basis of the recommendation of an expert committee on the issue, the Ministry has directed that the new towers should be constructed with utmost care and precautions "so as not to obstruct flight path of birds, and also not to increase the combined radiation from all towers in the area". The service providers should be provided information on standards for safe limit of EMR and these norms should be notified, the advisory said. It also calls for regular monitoring and auditing of EMR around educational institutions, hospitals, residential and recreational areas. The advisory added that there should be ecological impact assessment of the places where mobile towers were to be installed. Moreover, the locations and frequencies of cellphone towers and other towers emitting EMR be made available in public domain, it said. UNI NAZ SW 1634 NNNN
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