SC order: Telecom industry body says don't panic, towers are safe

  • SC order: Telecom industry body says don't panic, towers are safe

SC order: Telecom industry body says don't panic, towers are safe

The report further added that the man claims being exposed to harmful radiation for the last 14 years after the installation of the tower.

While there hasn't been a definitive conclusion on whether the waves cause cancer, experts agree that there are different effects from radiation emanating from a mobile phone tower.

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has issued a statement saying that for the telecom industry, consumers' interest is paramount.

Anti-radiation activists fighting a battle against unregulated mushrooming of mobile phone towers in the city say the Supreme Court order to shut down one such tower in Gwalior has given their campaign a boost.

The SC, which began hearing the issue relating to radiation from cell towers from March 18 previous year, had asked the parties to file additional documents to show that radiation from such towers were harmful to humans and animals. As per their observations, as long as the radiations emitting from cell towers are under the limit, there is no harm done to humans or animals.

According to the Times of India, Tiwari took the case to court, but it is not clear whether he sought damages or simply to prove that blame lay with the mobile base station.

As reported earlier, in a letter to Rajasthan legislator Ram Lal Sharma, who had raised a question in the state Assembly on the link between cancer and people living within 100 metres of mobile towers, the COAI said there were no such adverse health consequences.

The SC has ordered deactivation of the tower within seven days on the grounds that it had afflicted a 42-year-old man with cancer. Doesn't America have mobile towers?

Speaking in Lok Sabha, Minister of Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that mobile towers don't have harmful effects and India needs more towers to improve the connectivity.

Mathews said authorities regularly checked and monitored mobile towers for emission and imposed high penalties in case of any violation. He further added and said that even World Health Organization, after 30 years of study, hasn't found any threats. Tonight we ask, will this top court judgement set a precedent to other cases?