TERM Cell, Ranchi Unit of Bihar LSA, Jharkhand, Department of Telecommunications conducted a webinar on the EMF radiation of mobile towers to make aware the common people on Tuesday. This webinar was conducted under the chairmanship of Girijesh Kumar Mishra, Sr. Deputy Director General, Bihar LSA, Patna and expressed their views by Ramesh Chandra, Deputy Director General, Ranchi, Supriya Jaiswal, Director, Ranchi, Dr. Rekha Choudhary, Principal, Maryland Institute of Management and Technology, Jamshedpur. The programme was coordinated by Vishal Vikram, Director, Ranchi.
G.K. Mishra, Sr. DDG expressed his views that there are more than 45,000 BTSs working in Jharkhand State and out of that more than 16,000 BTSs have been audited during last 7 years and found within prescribed limit fixed by Government of India. During the 7 years of period, it was found that a myth is being spread about the health hazardous due to mobile tower radiation which is beyond truth. He continued to say that India being a popular Country, have been adopting 10 times stringent condition as per ICNIRP guideline. BTS tower and mobile handset both falls under the category of radiation of mobile BTS is regularly being regulated by TERM unit, whereas radiation of mobile handset may be measured by typing *#07#.
Common public should maintain the distance from tower antenna and not towers. Telecom Service Providers are penalized for the radiation if it is found beyond the prescribed limit.
The Sr. DDG also continued to say that the Government of India has been having various important projects on radio frequencies as example, Digital India, Smart City, Broadband Mission. Success of such projects depends upon the strengthening of mobile towers
Ramesh Chandra, DDG, Ranchi expressed that it was seen during the COVID-19 for spreading fake messages on Whatsapp conveying the spread of COVID-19 because of radiation from 5G towers which was a myth. It was also seen in Jharkhand state that at some of the locations, common public resisted to install mobile tower for the fear of health hazards.
Guest speaker Dr. Rekha Choudhary and Supriya Jaiswal, Director, Ranchi expressed the views that mobile tower radiation is no way hazardous to health. Dr. Rekha Choudhary quoted the study carried out by USA, UK, Denmark etc.
At the end the programme concluded with the remarks that there is no evidence found during the last many years regarding tower radiation is hazardous to health. Therefore, it is a myth that tower radiation is harmful and the common public should be make aware about it. Vishal Vikram, Director, DoT, Ranchi thanked all the participants.