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July 23, 2018
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New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications organised a joint EMF awareness programme on Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Emissions and Telecom Towers. It was a public outreach programme to dispel myths about EMF Emissions and quell unfounded fears of citizens through scientific evidence.

Shri Sunil Kumar, Director General (Telecom), DoT; Ms. Geetali Tare, Financial Adviser, NDMC; Dr Anusheel Munshi, Head of Department- Radiation Oncology, Manipal Hospitals; Dr Vivek Tandon, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, AIIMS, Delhi; Shri Shivendra Bhatnagar, Sr. Deputy Director General (DGT), DoT; Dr R.M Chaturvedi, Deputy Director General (C.S), DoT and Shri N.K Chhoker, DDG(C), Delhi LSA, DoT graced the occasion as the speakers. The expert panel comprising of senior telecom officers and doctors addressed the concerns of the citizens and clarified various myths prevailing around the perceived health hazards from mobile tower radiation.

In his inaugural address, Shri Sunil Kumar, Director General (Telecom), DoT, Government of India stated, “Scientific evidences available in the public domain do not support any harmful EMF radiation from mobile towers. In fact, the radiation norms in India are well below the safe limits prescribed by the International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).”

Stressing upon the need of installation of required number of towers in various localities for best wireless connectivity and Quality of Service (QoS), Shri Sunil Kumar sought for a greater public support. He also highlighted the relevance of mobile connectivity across the States and emphasizing on the need of cultivating a scientific temper and deepening collaboration between the public, Government and industry for the growth of the nation.

Ms. Geetali Tare, Financial Adviser, NDMC stated that, “NDMC aims to drive economic growth and improves the quality of life of people in New Delhi by harnessing technology. Such awareness programs act as a confidence-building step between the authorities and the public and help in removing the prevailing myths in the minds of public. He emphasised the urgent need to bridge the gap between the DoT, local bodies, public and other stakeholders of the society for a early resolution of the issues for a rapid growth of telecom infrastructure which will help in providing seamless connectivity to residents of Delhi.”

Dr. Anusheel Munshi, Head of Department-Radiation Oncology, Manipal Hospital, Delhi referred to the EMF Project established by WHO, in which over 50 national authorities and eight international organizations are involved. He said that since 1996, they have been reviewing scientific information to provide scientifically sound and objective answers to public concerns about the possible hazards of low-level electromagnetic fields. Despite extensive research, to date there is no evidence to conclude that exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields is harmful to human health. The WHO has also reviewed over 25,000 articles and found no link of mobile tower EMF emissions and any adverse impact on human health.

Dr. Vivek Tandon, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, AIIMS, Delhi mentioned that there has been a prescribed and strict precautionary norm for exposure limit for the Radio Frequency Field (Base Station Emissions) which is ten times more stringent than the existing limits prescribed by ICNIRP and recommended by WHO.

“India follows much stricter norms than any other developed county. Moreover, the Government of India has frequently monitored the whole process to ensure that Telecommunications Service Providers strictly adhere to these prescribed norms”, Dr. Tandon added.

The mobile towers around NDMC Convention centre were also tested and the tests revealed that the emission from these cell towers were well within the prescribed DoT norms. The testing was conducted and the results were shared with the people present at the sites, stating that all towers are safe, substantiated by the low levels of radiation, that showed up in the tests. In fact, the EMF Emission level from tower monitored in the location was NDMC Civic Centre, New Delhi of the limits set by the DoT, well below the prescribed limits.

The awareness workshop concluded that towers in Delhi-NCR are safe and TERM Cell is fully committed and equipped to ensure compliance of guidelines is designed for safeguarding our citizens. The workshop ended with some interactive Q&A session between senior government officials, Doctors and participants including resident of RWA’s, representatives of MWA’s, officials of various Municipal bodies.

 

 
 
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