TCIL to test radiations from telecom towers in Mumbai

TCIL to test radiations from telecom towers in Mumbai Mumbai: The government Thursday said it has assigned Telecommunications Consultants India (TCIL) to test electro magnetic radiations emitting from mobile towers in Mumbai.

"The work of testing of the site for EMF radiation has been assigned to TCIL at present. The complainant can get the site tested by paying Rs 4,000 to TCIL," Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora said while inagurating a complaint handling system for EMF radiation from mobile towers in Mumbai Thursday.

Complainants can reach the helpline by dialing 9969555000 and in case the site is found to be non-compliant with respect to the desired norms on testing, no fee would be charged from the complainant, Deora said.

The test results will be made available on the website of Department of Telecom (DoT) and will also be sent to the complainant through email and SMS, he added.

The EMF exposure limit has been lowered to 1/10th of the of the previous standards with effect from September 1, 2012.

For non-compliance of EMF radiation limit, the operators are liable to pay Rs five lakh per tower.

TCIL will deploy five teams for this purpose which is expected to handle 15 complaints per day.

Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM) cells of DoT have been conducting audit on the self certification furnished by the service providers.

The TERM cells carries out test audit covering up to 10 percent of the mobile tower sites on random basis.

PTI