Leading telecom operators in India claimed that they were in strict compliance with safety norms pertaining to mobile emissions. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said that radiation from cellular towers isn’t a cause for concern. They defined their key infrastructure as “harmless”, according to a report carried by Indian news agency, IANS.
The Association put out a statement to this effect in response to concerns voiced recently by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s MLA, Ram Lal Sharma, in the state of Rajasthan. The association also added in its statement that unfounded concerns relating to the side effects of cellular towers may likely prove detrimental to the ambitious Digital India program.
In a written response to the MLA, director generation of the Association, Rajan S. Mathews said that fears relating to electro-magnetic fields being emitted from mobile phone towers were groundless. The Association said that it was committed to allaying these fears collectively.
Recently, in a letter that Sharma wrote to the government, he claimed that in his assembly segment of Chomu—which is located about 40 kilometers from Jaipur—had people suffering from cancer ostensibly because they were living within 100 meters of cellular towers.
Matthews refuted this charge, and said that such unwarranted concerns would dent the Digital India dream that is on course to being implemented in the country. Broadband is a pivotal part of the Digital India dream, and Matthews said that this initiative can only be made possible by mobile technology, which would in turn call for the installation of mobile towers.
Backing its claims of safety, the Association cited research and medical evidence from leading bodies, including the World Health Organization, all of which state that mobile towers do not necessarily impact health.