“Many myths without any scientific basis have been floated by people with vested business interests that electromagnetic field (EMF) emission – from telecom towers and mobile phones lead to various health concerns,” said a statement by Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA). Karnataka LSA even started an awareness campaign to dispel myths around electromagnetic field radiation.
TAIPA is the apex representative body of Telecom Infrastructure Providers Category – I (IP-1) formed to expedite the rollout of the telecom infrastructure in the country, with the support of TRAI and DoT.
“EMF radiation norms for India are 10 times stricter than the limits prescribed by the International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and are in adherence to the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Extensive research on EMF signals have not been able to establish any injurious effects on human health from mobile tower radiation,” said H K Verma, advisor DoT, Karnataka LSA.
“Citizens need not worry about the adverse effect of mobile tower EMF radiation as they are being strictly monitored and evidence from credible sources have repeatedly ruled out the possibility of any impending health hazards emanating from EMF radiations. The misconception among people in villages in Karnataka about EMF emission is wrong and installation of towers should be allowed in their respective localities There are checks and balances in places to ensure telcos adhere to the norms set by the government,” said Dr T.K. Joshi, advisor to hHealth Minister, Govt of India.
“Mobile connectivity is the need of the hour for all sections of society. There is a need to realise the importance of mobile towers to maintain the standard of this essential service. However, due to misconceptions and myths, mobile towers were removed at several places after installation, resulting in poor connectivity,” he added.
“More than 25,000 peer reviewed, rigorous, independent scientific studies and research have been done in many countries, till date, no scientific study globally, has found an iota of truth in these allegations. DoT has prescribed standards for Electromagnetic emissions from mobile towers that are ten times stringent than those recommended by the international standards, prescribed by ICNIRP and WHO,” echoed TR Dua, director general, TAIPA.