Business Standard, New Dehli, 1 September 2012

The government on Friday issued guidelines on health hazards from tower radiation. Among other things, it says the minimum distance of a tower (with two antennae) from a residential building should be 35 metres.

With growing concerns over the impact of mobile radiation on human health, the government on Friday asked telecom towers to reduce electromagnetic radiation to a tenth from from tomorrow.

This means, from September 1, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will ensure the exposure limits (for radio frequency fields for 1800 Mhz) be brought down by a tenth to 0.92 watt per square metre, compared to the current standard of 9.2 watt per square meter. Telecom towers, or base stations, provide link to and from mobile phones through radiation.

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