AN INSPECTION carried by a team of experts from the department of telecommunications (DoT) has found that the electromagnetic frequency (EMF) emission from mobile towers installed in the tricity is much lower than the prescribed limits in India, that is, 450 milliwatts per square metre (mw/m2). A team of experts led by officials from the telecom enforcement, resource and monitoring cell on Saturday tested telecom tower sites in Panchkula, Mohali and Chandigarh and measured EMF emission levels.
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The average radiation from four towers inspected in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula was 8.43 per cent (37.95 milliwatts psqm) of the limits set by DoT. The level of emission near Sector 22 , Chandigarh, was 29.3 milliwattspsqm. In Sector 20, Chandigarh, emission was recorded at 27.6 milliwatts psqm. At Sector 68, Mohali the level was measured at 83.3 milliwatts psqm and the last site tested was Sector 1, Panchkula with reading of 11.6 milliwatts psqm.
RP Singhal, deputy director general (DDG), telecom enforcement resource and monitoring (TERM), Punjab and Chandigarh, said, “Lack of sufficient towers is hampering network quality in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. Mobile tower sites are being shut down due to unfounded fears of EMF radiation and their impact on health despite no scientific proof.
V K Ahuja, DDG, TERM, Haryana, said more mobile towers are required in order to boost the connectivity in the Tricity.