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Experts: Don’t dread the neighbourhood telecom tower

Amidst the raging controversy over safety of telecom towers, experts from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Tuesday observed radiation from mobile phones is much more harmful.

Published: 02nd March 2017 03:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd March 2017 03:11 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Amidst the raging controversy over safety of telecom towers, experts from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Tuesday observed radiation from mobile phones is much more harmful.

According to experts who attended an awareness programme held at civil station, there is no evidence to support the claim that telecom towers emit strong radiation.

“We inspected around 15,000 mobile towers in the state, and the level of radiation was found to be within the permissible limit in all cases. The radiation during sunrise is a thousand times higher than that emitted by mobile towers,” said Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring deputy director general C Sunitha who spoke about cellular phone technology.

According to her, there is no proof to substantiate the allegation that telecom towers pose a threat to birds.

The programme was inaugurated by District Collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla.

 “The protests against mobile phone towers are the result of the ‘cancer-phobia’ that has gripped society. Though high levels of radiation is harmful, radiation from telecom towers will not cause cancer. When it comes to health risk, mobile phone is a bigger villain,” said K Chandramohan of the Thiruvananthapuram Regional Cancer Centre.



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