Govt ready to change mobile radiation norms

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said the government is ready to make changes in the mobile tower radiation norms based on objective analysis, supported by verifiable evidence.

Even though there is a set of guidelines to be followed for installation of mobile towers and its radiation level, if any body suggests corrective measures to be taken, the government is ready to implement that based on facts they submitted to back their suggestion, said the minister at an Assocham event.

He added that the telecom sector should attain good growth but that has to be achieved keeping in mind health and safety of the people.

Telecom industry players have frequently raised issue that residents and activists in many part of the country oppose installation of mobile towers due to reports of health hazard, which affects mobile connectivity.

 As per DoT guidelines, if a mobile tower has one antenna, it should be installed at minimum distance of 20 metres from a house, in case of two antennas minimum distance should be 35 metres, for four antennas it should be 45 metres and for six antennas the minimum distance should be 55 metres.

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