It is good that TRAI is aggressive and is demanding also as it has issued new norms for electro magnetic frequency (EMF) norms and now we are in the league of select few countries in the world who have strict EMF radiation standards.
- Mobile towers
- Mobile handsets
- Will benefit public health.
- Indian standards would now be ten times more stringent than more than 90 percent countries in the world
The following are the highlights of the Standards:
- EMF (Electromagnetic Frequency) exposure limit (Base Station Emissions) has been lowered to 1/10th of the existing ICNIRP exposure level, effective 1st Sept. 2012.
- Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM) Cells have been entrusted with the job of conducting audit on the self certification furnished by the Service Providers. TERM Cell will carry out test audit of 10% of the BTS site on random basis and on all cases where there is a public complaint.
- Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC) has revised the Test Procedure for measurement of EMF for verification of EMF compliance for BTS towers in accordance with new standards.
- For non-compliance of EMF standards, a penalty of Rs. 5 lakhs is liable to be levied per BTS per Service Provider.
- The BTS site details i.e. self-certification, registration with TERM Cell, test results etc. is proposed to be provided on DoT web site for General Public information.
Thank God the nation has woken up as the way these towers were springing up in the residential areas was a matter of concern. Hope now public will get some reprieve.