Department of Telecommunication has taken steps to strictly enforce latest Radiation Standards in respect to Electra Magnetic Radiation(EMR) for Mobile Tower that came into effect from 1st Sept 2012.
Some DOT officers led by Advisory (Technology), DOT and official from Term Cell Unit in Mumbai visited few BTS sites in Mumbai on 12.9.2012 as part of the random verification of compliance to the new EMF standard by the Telecom Service Providers.
One of the sites located next to Ekta CHS,Kanjur Marg(East), covering Saidhan Building and Vighnaharta Building having more than 11 BTSs of Reliance Communications, TTML, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Aircel and loop telecoms were found radiating beyond permissible limits of new radiation norms when measurements were carried out in some house facing nearby BTS antenna.
A meeting was announced by DOT officials with 11 licensed operators in Mumbai at short notice which was attended by 32 officials from 11 operators.
Picture of the BTS antennas and the others details also shown to the operators and on the spot orders were issued to 7 operator to stop radiating from these BTSs with immediate effects. This radiation may be resumed only after the sites are made compliant and compliance to that effect is verified as per TERM Cell Mumbai.
All the Telecom Service Providers were further directed to carry out a comprehensive exercise to identify all BTSs which are non-compliant as per latest radiation norms and ensure that they are either shutdown or made compliant respect to the radiation norms falling which penal actions as per relevant provisions would taken against delinquent operators.