Telecommunications(DoT) has taken steps to strictly enforce latest
Radiation standards in respect of Electro Magnetic Radiations (EMR) for
Mobile Towers that came into effect from 1st September 2012. A high
level delegation of DOT officers led by Advisor (Technology), DOT and
officials from Telecom Enforcement, Resource and Monitoring (TERM) Cell
Unit in Mumbai visited a few Base Transmitting Stations (BTS) sites in
Mumbai yesterday as part of random verification of compliance to the new
Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF) standards by the Telecom Service
Providers(TSP). One of the sites located adjacent to Ekta CHS, Kanjur
Marg (East) covering Saidham Building and Vighnaharta Building having 11
BTSs of Reliance Communications, TTML, Airtel, Vodaphone, Idea Cellular,
Aircel and Loop Telecom were found radiating beyond permissible limits
of the new radiation norms when measurements were carried out in some
houses facing nearby BTS antenna.
A meeting was organised by DOT officials with all the 11 licensed
operators in Mumbai at short notice which was attended by 32 officials
from the 11 operators. Pictures of the BTS antennas and other details
were also shown to the operators and on the spot orders were issued to 7
operators to stop radiating from these BTSs with immediate effect.
Functioning of BTSs may be resumed only after the sites are made
compliant and compliance to that effect is verified by TERM Cell Mumbai.
All the TSPs were further directed to carry out a comprehensive exercise
to identify all BTSs which are non-compliant as per latest radiation
norms and ensure that they are either shut down or made compliant with
respect to the radiation norms failing which penal action as per
relevant provisions would be taken against delinquent operators.