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    Posted on 28 November 2012
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    HC orders mobile towers to be located away from schools, hospitals

    Tehelka first reported the ill-effects of Electro Magnetic Radiation from mobile towers across Delhi in May 2010

    Tehelka Bureau
    New Delhi


    Citing the ill effects of Electro Magnetic Radiation (EMR), the Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday 27 November ordered mobile towers to be relocated away from educational institutions, hospitals and playgrounds in the state within two months. It also held that the towers should be moved away by a minimum distance of 500m from jails and 100m from monuments.

    TEHELKA was the first to highlight the adverse health effects caused by radiation more than two years ago in a three-part cover story, Radiation City, Radiation City 2 by Rishi Majumder and Radiation City 3 by Samrat Chakrabarti, in June 2010. In the first half of May 2010, TEHELKA conducted a survey of radiation levels at 100 spots across Delhi with Cogent EMR Solution Limited, a Delhi-based company, which tracks the increase in Electro Magnetic Radiation (EMR) levels across India and does radiation audits for telecom operators. In the second part of the survey, 115 spots in Mumbai were surveyed followed by another 50 spots each in Chennai and Bengaluru.

    Following TEHELKA’s report, the Delhi High Court ordered the setting up of a high-level committee to look at the health hazards of cell phone tower violations. The industry managed to get a stay on the order then but the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) enforced stricter Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF) Radiation Standards for cell phone towers and mobile handsets with effect from 1 September.

    The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) of Delhi is looking at the possibility of sealing 667 mobile phone towers if the service providers who have been issued show-cause notices, do not reply by this Saturday. Of the 1900 towers in central and north Delhi which come under the north jurisdiction, only 1232 are legal, read a newspaper report Wednesday.

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