Workshop on Radiation From Mobile Towers

In New Delhi, AUSPI (Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India) and COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) held a workshop cum press briefing on ‘Radiation from Mobile Towers’ Myths V/S Realities.The workshop aimed at “Dispelling the Myths’ related to alleged health hazards from EMF radiations, by citing study finding and research from Thiagarajar College of Engineering (Madurai), Wireless Communication Laboratory (IIT, Madras) and Centre of Excellence in Wireless Techonology. Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI, while making the presentation on ‘Radiation from Mobile Towers’- Myths Vs Realities, said, ” RF radiations emitted by Mobile Communication Systems lie in the non-ionizing part of the electromagnetic spectrum and these radiations do not have enough energy to break the bonds that hold molecules in the cells together. Thus, the exposure to EMF Radiations emitted from Mobile Systems cannot produce ionization or cause any genetic damage.” The workshop included participation from Dr. Anoop Kohli- Senior Consultant Neurology, Apollo Hospitals, Dr. Anil Kumar Anand- Radiation Oncology, Max Healthcare, Dr. Geeta B Nath- Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist, Member IMA, Dr. Mrs. S.Raju- Professor & HoD ECE Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai. During the workshop, journalists from leading media organizations discussed alongside a learned panel all matters relating to mobile tower danger and wider radiation issues within Indian infrastructure. There has been a debate in the country that communication towers put up at prominent locations by mobile phone service providers emit electromagnetic radiation, and they are health hazards. In June 2010, Delhi High Court had directed the Delhi Government to constitute a committee of experts to examine potential health hazards posed by EMR from mobile phone towers.



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