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New Delhi, October 30, 2010
Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot today said that nationwide random testing of radiation emitted by mobile telecommunication towers would commence from November 16.
The monitoring would be carried out by Telecom Engineering and Resource Monitoring (TERM) cells, he said.
Mr Pilot said progress in this regard and compliance levels would be monitored centrally, and non-compliance would result in fines and penalties envisaged in existing guidelines and amended license conditions, including imposition of a penalty of Rs 5 lakhs for each non-compliant tower.
The electromagnetic emissions of mobile towers in India are governed by the guidelines drawn from the recommendations of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
The Minister had earlier directed that self-certification of radiation levels of all towers should be completed by the telecom operators and certificates to this effect should be submitted to the TERM Cells of the Department of Telecommunications by November 15, 2010.
Earlier, in his meeting with the telecom companies and other stakeholders in August, 2010, Mr Pilot, while lauding their efforts in improving tele-density in the country, had underscored the importance of being sensitive to any health related issues that might arise from the operation of mobile phone towers.