After launching a unique IVRS portal for checking the call drops, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has launched a new portal called ‘Tarang Sanchar,’ to provide information regarding mobile towers and EMF emission compliances. With this portal, users can now track the radiation emitted from mobile towers within their locality.
Telecom Minister, Manoj Sinha has announced the Tarang Sanchar at an event earlier today. He also claimed that the website would remove the doubts about the radiation exhibited by cell towers for all the residents who use a smartphone in India.
Sinha said that Tarang Sanchar will surely remove the ‘myths and misconceptions’ about tower radiation. He also said that currently there are more than 1000 million mobile subscribers in India that includes owners of two SIM cards and inactive users.
“I can say with responsibility that EMF radiation has no harmful effect on human health, WHO has done more than 25,000 research analysis to show no ill effects,” Sinha said.
Recently, a 42-year old resident from Gwalior complained that the radiation from nearby cellular tower had caused him cancer. Following his complaint, Supreme Court also ordered state-run telecom operator to remove the tower within seven days.
This announcement from DoT could very well be due to the same issue. With this portal, DoT is looking to remove the Indian smartphone user’s myth about cellular tower radiation. The newly launched Tarang Sanchar portal will boast all the technical details of more than 4,40,000 towers and 14.5 lakh base stations. This in-turn allows telecom operators to fill the relevant information about their towers along with the required documents on the site.
Sinha also quoted that the portal would enable users to get a base station’s tower verified for Rs. 4000 if they believe it’s emitting higher amounts of radiation, which is a nice addition.
In the past, various reports have suggested that there’s no harm created by mobile towers, but still, Indian consumers sense that mobile towers are dangerous to health and the recent Gwalior complaint is one such example for that.