By showing the concern over the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) on wildlife, especially birds and bees, the Environment and Forest Ministry has asked Telecommunications Department to stop the installation of new mobile towers within a kilometer of any existing ones.
As stated by the Ministry that the new towers should be constructed with utmost care and precautions "so as not to obstruct flight path of birds, and also not to increase the combined radiation from all towers in the area".
Mobile Indian stated that "The recommendations by Environment and Forest Ministry, unfortunately, do not consider the innumerable studies by international independent agencies of the highest repute who have concluded that EMF emissions from mobile towers do not pose any risk towards the health of both animals as well as humans”.
COAI further added, "Therefore it will only unnecessarily delay and complicate the process of strengthening mobile network in the country”.
COAI pointed out, "Government of India/DoT has already adopted and implemented ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) standards for the telecom sector in the country which is considered to be one of the best in the world and has been adopted by over 90 per cent of the countries of the world."
It is expected by COAI that the main cause of delay in network roll out is the new norm which calls for regular monitoring and auditing of EMR around educational institutions, hospitals, and residential and recreational areas. It also states that there should be ecological impact assessment of places where mobile towers are to be installed.
India is in the process of rolling out 3G and 4G networks and this new norm can potentially delay the roll out. Operators are trying to decrease the number of cell towers by sharing towers among them. But there are areas which still do not have even the basic 2G network.
COAI further stated to the Mobile Indian, "These recommendations will put the operators in a difficult position wherein the government will ask us to fulfill the license conditions in terms of coverage on one hand; and prevent us from creating the infrastructure for facilitating the same on the other hand,"
Source : Themobileindian