Juhi moves SC against mushrooming of mobile towers | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to listen to movie actor Juhi Chawla’s plea for framing of tips to stop unbridled set up of cell towers in cities to guard folks from the Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) radiation from towers.

The actress, who approached the apex court docket by her advocate Aparna Bhat, alleged that radiation emanating from towers leads to critical well being hazard to folks and Centre ought to be directed to formulate guidelines for prescribing on permitted tower density limits in an space holding in thoughts the well being hazards, together with attainable carcinogenic results on people which is related to EMF radiation.

She stated the tower density of EMF radiation in India is excessive on account of each greater energy output in addition to the shut distance of towers/ antennae from residents and so as to scale back the dangerous results of radiation, both the facility output norms ought to be diminished or the gap restrict (from tower to residences, colleges, hospitals, and many others.) ought to be elevated.

“The present EMF radiation from towers/ antennae lead to an increase in incidents of headache, sleep disorder, fatigue, lack of concentration, dizziness, decreased reaction times, memory loss, infertility, miscarriage, vision and cardiovascular problems, malaise, tachycardia (heart palpitations), disturbances of the digestive system, DNA damage including permanent damage to repair capability of DNA, brain tumours and cancer in human beings which in turn will create unprecedented, irreparable and immense loss to the health, well being and fitness of the public at large in our country,” the petition stated.

“There have been no tangible efforts by the concerned departments of the Telecom Authority and the government to draw out frameworks within which the installations shall be permissible and the parameters to be followed for installing them. The advisory guidelines as well as the additional guidelines issued so far by the Department of Telecom are merely advisory in nature and have no statutory backing. The guidelines do not provide any framework for implementation of their provisions within a specified time-frame,” the petition stated.

She contended that the current ranges of EMF radiation was prone to have antagonistic impacts not solely on a human being but in addition on the natural world of the nation and pleaded the court docket to intervene.

Agreeing to listen to the plea, a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi tagged her plea together with different petition pending in court docket.

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