Ministry lectures DoT about the birds and the bees

13 Aug 2012

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has made a request to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to ensure that new mobile towers are not constructed within a kilometre of existing ones. The Hindu reports that the appeal was delivered on the back of results from a study launched two years ago, which suggest that the infrastructure might be having a negative impact on populations of wildlife, specifically birds and bees. The MoEF report claims that ‘electro-magnetic radiations interfere with biological systems.’ Similar concerns have been raised over the effects of mobile towers on human health prompting the Prime Minister last month to establish a panel tasked with determining guidelines to minimise any potential impact, though the DoT argues that there is insufficient scientific evidence to support claims that cell towers pose a threat to health. The MoEF requested that cell towers be spaced at least a kilometre apart ‘to prevent overlapping of high radiation fields’, adding that the telecoms regulator should make tower sharing mandatory.