No evidence that mobile towers causing health problems: Union government tells Kerala high Court

There is no convincing scientific evidence that radiation from mobile towers causes adverse health effects, the central government has informed the Kerala High Court.

The submission by deputy controller of communication accounts was in the form of a statement filed in response to a petition filed by Suresh MS.

“The EMF radiations from a mobile tower, which are below the safe limits prescribed by ICNIRP (an international scientific body called International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) and recommended by WHO (World Health Organization), have no convincing scientific evidence of causing adverse health effects,” the statement said.

Department of Telecommunications has prescribed strict precautionary norms that are in tune with the limits prescribed by ICNIRP and recommended by WHO.

These norms are applicable to radiation emitted from mobile towers of all technologies including 4G, the statement said.

Based on an order issued by the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court in January 2012, central government had constituted a committee to recommend precaution to be taken while setting up mobile towers.

The committee consisted of members from IITs of Kharagpur, Kanpur, Delhi, Roorkee, and Bombay and four other prominent persons from scientific institutions like AIIMS (Delhi) and Indian Council of Medical Research.

The committee’s report was submitted and taken on record by the court on February 10, 2014. The committee had decided that Department of Telecom has already prescribed stricter precautionary limits for EMF radiation from mobile towers, the statement said.

After considering the committee’s report and concerns raised by the public, the central government decided in February 2014 that the present precautionary EMF safe-exposure limits are adequate and need no further change at this stage, the high court was informed.

The article was written by Mr. Mahir Haneef and was published in The Times of India.

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