Installation of new mobile towers can only solve call drop issue, says Telecom Minister

In response to the heated debate on frequent call drops, which is found to be occurring in different telecom circles irrespective of the telecom operator, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad argues that the situation will not improve unless new mobile towers are allowed to come up. Moreover, the Minister also said that the debates against installation of mobile towers in the name of radiation harm is ‘wrong’ and ‘uncalled for’.

“If new mobile towers are not allowed to be installed, then call drops shall surely happen. I would also like to say that these planned protests against installation of mobile towers are wrong and uncalled for,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said.


In support of his argument, the Minister pointed out the recent studies carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 30 countries, where it has come to a conclusion that the radiation from cell towers are not harmful. “In addition, country’s science department is also conducting research on the topic with Government assistance,” said Minister.

“The Madras High Court, Allahabad High Court, and some other high courts where Public Interest Litigations (PILs) were filed against installing new mobile towers, the arguments are heard, but the verdicts are awaited”, Minister added.

Ravi Shankar Prasad said that it is important to understand that the radiations are emitted even when televisions sets are switched on, but it is important to analyze if such radiations are harmful. He pointed out that developed countries like America and Europe have more number of mobile towers and there the tele-density is higher than in India.

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May 27, 2015 9:41 am 9:41 AM

In addition to my earlier post I am to add that the local bodies like PANCHAYATs and Municipality also want the TELECOM provider to apply for permission as if it is Construction of a MULTI STOREY BUILDINGS AND HERE ALSO LOT OF RED TAPISM IS involved.The cenre should prevail upon the states to check this mischivious troubles just for money sake

May 26, 2015 6:19 pm 6:19 PM
Installation of towers even in the rural areas with lot of open spaces are also being objected to by POLITICIANS TURNED SOCIAL ACTIVISTs for squeezing money and even if the telecom provider agree to settle it but will not end with one person/agency as many such people will come in the names of BORN AND UNBORN POLITICAL PARTIES and demand and it becomes practically impossible to satisfy all of them and so ABONDONE opening the tower.Every body talk of radiation AS IF THEY ARE SCIENTISTS without knowing any thing of that word and officials of Telecom provider both BSNL and… Read more »
Kris Sridhar
May 25, 2015 11:04 am 11:04 AM

There was someone who sent me link that radiation frpm towers are harmless. And the person said me names. I dont mind that shows their upbringing and lack of proper manners. I only point that there are hundreds of links which show tower radiation is harmful. But if take it by face value do we have enough machinism to know the radiation from tower. No we dont have. Point to note i myself is employed in tower business for 14 yrs now. Believe radiation from towers exceed by miles from normal range prescribed internationally.