The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) recently announced that the radiation limits for cell towers in India will be reduced to one tenth of the prevailing standard from 1st September, 2012. The decision is followed by a report submitted by the inter-ministerial committee formed by the ministry of communications and information technology to study the hazards posed by EMF (electromagnetic field) radiation from base stations and mobile phones.
India’s current radiation exposure limit (9.2 watt/m2) for mobile towers is higher than countries like Russia (0.2 w/m2) and China (0.4 w/m2). In USA, Canada and Japan, however, the radiation exposure limit is much higher (12 w/m2).
People who now breathe a sigh of relief with the reduced radiation limits, soon will have to bear the brunt of this decision. Certainly, these people do not have the right to then blame service providers for bad network, delayed 3G and broadband services.
People who say have problems with cell radiations, should ideally give away personal cell phone use. Would like to know how many scientists or environmentalists, researching on cell radiations or fighting against the effects of cell radiations use a phone in their personal life. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a negligible number of them following what they preach.
Little do the people realize that reduced radiation from towers means deteriorated network coverage. In order to solve this problem, service providers will have to increase the number of cell towers which will increase the overall EMF radiation. Bad network means the phone has to work harder to connect with nearest base station. End result is that the phone works at a higher power resulting in greater personal exposure to radiations.
So the whole chaos created for “possible” hazardous effects of cell tower radiations, the country is seeping itself into a bigger mess.