Minister of State for Communications (IC), Manoj Sinha today said that Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) emissions from mobile towers did not harm the human health.
Launching the portal, Tarang Sanchar, in New Delhi today, the Minister said, “Some NGOs are spreading rumours that EMF emissions cause cancer. It is the duty of the industry to bust this myth. No one can be allowed to spread rumours which put a break in the path of country’s development. Telecommunications and mobile phones are very important part of country’s development which empower the common men.”
The portal, Tarang Sanchar, developed by the Department of Telecom (DoT), Ministry of Communications and the industry stakeholders would share information on mobile towers and their EMF emission compliances.
Sinha said that the launch of Tarang Sanchar portal would definitely help in clearing myths and misconception of public on mobile towers and emissions from them. He expressed that the portal empowers common person to know, at the convenience of a mouse click, about towers working in a particular locality and whether they are compliant to the EMF emission norms defined by the Government.
Addressing the event, PK Pujari, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications said that the Government was fully committed to protect the health of its citizens. To ensure the same, DoT had prescribed standards for Electromagnetic emissions from mobile towers that are ten times stricter than the international standards prescribed by International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and recommended by World Health Organization (WHO). Indian Government has taken adequate steps to ensure that Telecommunications Service Providers (TSPs) strictly adhere to these prescribed norms. Though there is no scientific evidence of any health concerns from low power mobile BTSs, a need was felt to educate the citizens about EMF emissions from mobile towers and status of their compliances.
GK Upadhyaya, Member (Technology), RK Misra Member (Services) and Anuradha Mitra, Member (Finance) in Telecom Commission were also present on the occasion.
The features of the Tarang Sanchar Portal were demonstrated during the launch event. The Portal is designed to provide a public interface where an easy map-based search feature has been provided for viewing the mobile towers in vicinity of any locality. By click of a button, information on EMF compliance status of mobile towers can be accessed. Detailed information about any tower site, if requested, will be sent on email to the users. Additionally, any person can request for EMF emission measurement at a location by paying a nominal fee of Rs 4,000 online. The tests will be conducted by the local Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM) filed unit of DoT and the test report will be provided to the requester.
In addition to Government to Citizen (G2C) services, portal also facilitates Government to Business (G2B) service delivery in a transparent and eco-friendly manner. The Portal enables a method of maintenance and retention of end-to-end records including submission of compliance by Telecom Service Providers and paperless processing by TERM cells. Tarang Sanchar portal is a unique initiative as it is one of the largest and most complex inter operator database of its kind in the world. It has the complete collated technical details of over 14.5 lakh base stations (BTSs) spread across the country of all technologies – 2G, 3G, 4G – and of all Telecom Service Providers (TSPs).