Team to examine hazards of electromagnetic radiation in Delhi
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 01, 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.


First Published: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 20:55

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