The Indian government has slapped telecom operators Rs 10.8 crore penalty for exceeding the prescribed limit for radiation from cell towers.
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed the Rajya Sabha on Friday that a fine of Rs. 2.15 crores was imposed on Bharti Airtel, Rs. 1.80 crores on Vodafone, Rs. 1.65 crores on Reliance and Rs. 1.45 crores on Tata Teleservices.
Idea, Aircel, Loop, MTNL, Sistema Shyam, Uninor and Videocon have also been fined, albeit smaller amounts.
His statement added that 6 base towers exceeded radiation limits during FY 15-16 (Up to May 31). The number of towers exceeding the radiation limit stood at 103 in 2012-13, 77 in 2013-14, and no towers were found to exceed the limit in 2014-15.
In 2012, the government had lowered the EMF exposure limit for cell towers and base stations to one-tenth the then existing levels. As off May 31, 2015 there were 9,08,353 base tower stations in India, and 6 of them were exceeding prescribed radiation limits.
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