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Mobile towers 'completely safe'; they emit low level of radiation: COAI

Adds that consumer health and interest are 'paramount' for the telecom industry

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Mobile towers 'completely safe'; they emit low level of radiation: COAI

Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) on Wednesday sought to play down health concerns related to mobile towers, saying they emit a low level of radiation within the prescribed norms and are "completely safe".

"...Citizens have no reason to panic as emit low-level radiation, which is within the prescribed Department of Telecom, Government of India norms which makes completely safe," COAI Director-General Rajan Mathews said in a statement.

Consumer health and interest are "paramount" for the telecom industry, he added.

The comments come in the wake of a report that Supreme Court has ordered shutting down of a BSNL mobile tower in Gwalior on the plea of a 42-year old cancer patient. The order is expected to intensify ongoing deliberations on impact of radiation from mobile phone towers on people's health.

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First Published: Wed, April 12 2017. 23:27 IST