People here are using mobiles in large numbers, Users are complaining about
weak  signals and call drops. People are vociferously protesting on the
installation very where in Goa and the noise is getting louder by the way
None seem to be well informed and how such facilities are provided all over
the world without much ado

EMF exposure limit is lowered to 1/10 of existing ICNRIP wef 1-9-2012.
India has one of the most stringent EMF exposure norms in the world. TERM
has to conduct  test audit  up to  10% of BTS randomly on self
certification by service providers

Cell phones communicate with nearby  cell towers through RF (radio
frequency) RF are non ionizing radiation, like infra red, radio waves,
microwaves unlike stronger radiation, X rays, UV light, gamma rays, cosmic
rays and can highly break chemical DNA bonds. RF can heat up body tissues
like microwave ovens. The level of energy used by cell phones and towers is
much lower. Public exposure to RF and towers is low, as antennas are high,
signals are not constant Near   the ground it is 1000 times less than
limits set. Roof antennas   may have higher RF than ground level In front
of antennas and close levels will be higher Cellular towers are feared to
cause cancers and ill health are not well founded scientifically and
studies are all in the realm of experimentation without any conlusive
findings on cancer or other ill effects or adversely affecting biological
tissues .RF have long wave lengths, energy is not concentrated enough to
damage individuals cells, The RF levels at ground levels are very low, The
RF energy near towers is not significant different from sources like TV
broadcasts stations

Authorities like CPCB, NGT are neither harmful nor hazardous sticking to
norms laid down by WHO. Scientific studies have not concluded as cancer
causing, brain tumors or other health risks even though EMR may penetrate
bricks and metal. Satellites dishes too emit RF. High voltage electric
wires also emit  EMR and Frequency greater than 10 hertz may take years of
cumulative exposure to show direct effects No evidence is found of ill
effects on those living very close to towers in comparisons Emissions form
TV may also be cautioned for their effects Various studies all over the
world on different aspects of RF and EMR are not conclusive even though
linkage is elusive at the moment

Those  advocates against use of cell towers first discard all their mobile
phones and declare so openly. To day everything works on internet for which
such a facility is a must .The expereince of developed countries using such
technology is contrary to the wave of protest without sound technical

Nelson Lopes Chinchinim

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