Team to examine hazards of electromagnetic radiation in Delhi

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 20:55

New Delhi: The Council of Scientific and
Industrial Research (CSIR) today constituted a group of
scientists to verify claims of higher than prescribed levels
of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) in the capital.

The move comes a day after the Delhi High Court directed
the Delhi Government to constitute a committee of experts to
examine potential health hazards posed by EMR from mobile
phone towers.

"We have put together a team of experts under the
leadership of Director, Central Electronics Engineering
Research Institute, Pilani to look into increased levels of
EMR in the capital," Samir Brahmachari, Director General, CSIR
said here.

He dismissed suggestions that radio frequency was harmful
to humans. "There are more chances of getting burns injury on
a sea beach than by any radio-frequency emitted by cellular
phone tower," Brahmachari said.

He said there were no instances of radiowaves causing any
cell mutations in human beings.

Brahamachari said radio-frequency, used extensively in
mobile communications, has the lowest energy in the
electromagnetic spectrum.

He said microwaves come next and is used commonly in
cooking gadgets. Gamma radiations, emitted by radioactive
substances, have the highest level of energy in the
electromagnetic spectrum, Brahmachari said.

The team of experts from CSIR is expected to begin
analysing the level of EMR from mobile towers in the capital
sometime next week.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 20:55

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