Tower troubles

Why safety fears need a more mature response

A World Health Organisation (WHO) expert has argued in a presentation to the department of telecommunications that the government's order to sharply bring down the permissible level of radiation emitted by cell phone towers is counterproductive. His contention is that as radiation and strength of signals from a tower go down, the receiving handset has to work harder - emit more radiation - to make up. This creates a health hazard, particularly because the handset is physically close to the user. Since the current Indian standards allow radiation at around one-tenth of the earlier ...