Navi Mumbai News has time and again voiced concern over the illegal mobile towers erected in the city and their harmful radiations and looks like the Centre has finally taken cognizance of the matter as India is going to have a policy which will specify safety guidelines to limit public exposure to radio waves from base stations and mobile handsets. It may be recalled that Navi Mumbai News had aired a report on January 23 2008 about the illegal erection and harmful effects of radiation of mobile towers across Navi Mumbai. Taking action on NMTV News report, NMMC went down bringing illegal towers in Navi Mumbai. But looks like now even the government has finally taken cognicanze of the matter and is going to set a policy for public exposure to radio waves from base stations. The policy, to be called guidelines for Complying with Limits for Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, is likely to ban telecoms from putting up cellular towers near schools, hospitals and the rooftops of large residential buildings, among other measures. The department of telecom’s technical arm is finalising the policy along with the consultations of two cellular associations.
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