Telecom companies have till May 18 to furnish self-declaration certificates on whether their mobile towers in residential areas conform to the norms fixed by the Union government. If a company furnishes certificates saying that its towers erected in residential areas do not emit radiation beyond the permissible limit,the towers will not be removed. However,if a company fails to do so,the UT Administration will remove its mobile towers from residential areas.
Vide a notification issued on November 17,2011,the Central government had finalised norms prepared by its Inter-Ministerial Committee. The panel had set standard norms based on international ICNIRP norms,which are safe for use in any environment including residential areas.
It was made clear by the Centre that towers which do not meet the said norms would have to be removed. On condition of anonymity,a senior UT official said,If companies fail to furnish the said certificates,we will remove the mobile towers. However,some arrangement will be made for an alternative arrangement since in the absence of mobile towers,customers will suffer immensely. We are waiting for the certificates,after which we will decide our future course of action.
In case the towers are removed from residential areas,there would be no cellular mobile services available. It may be noted that the Electro Magnetic Fields emitted from these towers are completely as per norms of the Inter-Ministerial Committee set up by the Central Government and standard norms which are based on international ICNIRP norms and are safe for use in any environment including residential areas, said the Cellular Operators Association of India(COAI) in response to a query by Newsline.
UT Finance Secretary V K Singh said,We are yet to go through the order of the High Court. In any case,we are bound to abide by the orders of the court. There are no two ways about the fact that all mobile towers from residential areas are going to be removed.