The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has decided to launch a massive drive to remove obstacles in installing mobile towers. Under which, the department is going to launch an awareness campaign for dispelling misconceptions about radiation emitted by mobile towers.

The Union Cabinet-headed by Prime Minister approved the Digital India Campaign on August 27. According to which, the government will lay 5 lakh kilometer long optical fibre to connect around 2.5 lakh panchayats with broadband.

The government is working on the plan for setting up broadband network in the phased manner. The DoT is facing hurdles in installing mobile towers due to opposition by the common people.

Recently, the Gujarat High Court  directed the Gujarat government and the Centre to create public awareness that they have no reason to fear the emission of radio active waves from mobile tower.

Taking reference from the HC verdict, the DoT asked its all Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TIRM) units to launch awareness programme for removing misconceptions regarding radiation emitted by mobile towers.

According to Cellular Operator Association of India, over  1000  mobile towers have been uprooted due to people's opposition.

 TRAI Member RK Arnold says the call drop problem gets increased as radiation emitted by mobile towers has been diminished. The government has reduced the radiation limit by 90 percent in comparison to the  international standards.

The DoT itself believes that if the mobile towers are installed as per the guidelines, they won't be much hazardous.  

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