New Delhi: Since the past three years around 108 towers across the country have been found exceeding radiation limits which were proposed by the Government. During Question Hour in the Lok Sabha today (10 Aug) the Communications Minister Manoj Sinha informed the house about the penalties that were imposed on the concerned telecom providers.

The Communications Minister during Question Hour said that a total of 72 cell-phone towers were found exceeding the prescribed radiation level in 2013, while the figure came down to 24 the next year and no tower was found violating the norms till May in 2016. In 2015, the number of such towers stood at 12. Telecom enforcement resources and monitoring field units imposed a financial penalty amounting to Rs 6.60 crore on defaulting telecom service providers for non-compliant base transceiver stations, he said.

Quoting the World Health Organisation, Minister Manoj Sinha said that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequence from exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields. Manoj Sinha also said that different High Courts have heard the matter and dismissed petitions in which mobile tower installations at various locations, including residential, were challenged on grounds of health effects of electromagnetic radiations.

India has adopted one of the most stringent Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF) exposure norms in the world. The emission levels in the country are kept at 1/10th of the global standards recommended by International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection and recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). For non-compliance of EMF standards, a penalty of Rs 5 lakh is liable to be levied per BTS per Service Provider.

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