The Department of Telecom (DoT) on 2 May 2017 launched'Tarang Sanchar'web portal, a portal that will permit individuals track radiation emitted from mobile towers quickly locality and check their compliance together with the stipulated norms.The portal will help in clearing myths and misconceptions about mobile towers and emissions from them.
Highlights for the Tarang Sanchar web portal• Through this portal, status for the towers will be accessible towards users. • Generally, government conducts test on random basis, but through this portal, test of specific tower could performed on payment.• People that have to get the radiation level checked of specific towers, will be required to pay a fee of Rs 5000 for quality to generally be conducted because of the government.• It should empower consumers to recognise, at the press of the mouse button, in regards to the towers getting work done in a selected area and if they are compliant towards Electromagnetic field (EMF) emission norms defined by the government.CommentThe launch of Tarang Sanchar web portal coincides together with the recent order of Supreme Court on deactivation on the mobile tower in Gwalior about the plea on the 42-year-old cancer patient. An order intensified the debate about the impact of radiation from cellphone towers on health. However, according to DoT, Indian standards are 10-times stricter than international standards prescribed because of the International Commission on non-ionizing radiation protection (ICNIRP) and recommended by World Health Organization (WHO).