The Court is hearing all the cases together. "We would like to bring to your notice that there are eight high courts which have found that the radiation emanating from mobile towers are not hazardous for human health", he said. "The industry appeals to the public not to panic and read the interim order in its entirety. The interim SC order relates to only one of them whereas cell towers included in the other cases were left untouched", said Rajan S. Mathews, Director General of COAI.
In a precedent-setting case, responding to the complaint of cancer-stricken Harish Chand Tiwari of Gwalior that a BSNL tower illegally installed on a neighbouring rooftop had exposed him to harmful radiation, a Supreme Court bench has ordered this tower deactivated within a week. While activists have been saying that radiation from these towers are harmful, the government maintains that there is no damage to humans from these towers as the radiations levels are very low.
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DoT had relied upon a World Health Organisation (WHO) report as well as over 25,000 articles in the past 30 years to say that there was no confirmation of "any health consequences from exposure to low level electromagnetic fields".
Furthermore, as reported earlier, India's safety factor in such matters is 10 times stiffer than in 90 per cent countries that follow standards set by the International Commission on Non-ionising Radiation Protection. As more subscribers progress to smartphones - using data and internet to do business, get social and participate in governance - India will need more mobile phone towers.
WHO, in another note on radio frequency (RF) transmitters, said: "Over the past 15 years, studies examining a potential relationship between RF transmitters and cancer have been published". There is no empirical evidence of any danger to human life because of all this. Find us on Facebook too!