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India to study impact of mobile towers on birds, bees

Last updated: 01 September, 2010
New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) 14:14 IST

India will study the harmful impact of mobile phone towers on birds and bees, with the environment ministry constituting a committee that is also tasked with formulating guidelines on their installation.

The 10-member committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) director Asad Rahmani and it will submit its report in six months. The committee will suggest measures to address the problem.

"The expert group will access the level of possible impact of growth of mobile towers in urban, sub-urban and forest areas on the population of birds and bees," a statement from the ministry said.

The expert group will review all studies in India and abroad on the ill effects of mobile towers in animal, birds and insects. "The team will also formulate guidelines for regulating the large scale installation of mobile towers in the country," the statement said.
A recent study by scientists from Punjab University revealed that radiation from mobile towers affect the population and breeding of bees.

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