Monday, March 25, 2013

Interpretation of Cell Tower Readings Measured by TERM Cell /TCIL vs. Safe level for Health

Dear All,

I have been working on Cell Tower Radiation issue for the past 3.5 years along with my father Prof. Girish Kumar from IIT Bombay. We have been studying the effects of cell tower radiation on humans and environment and have prepared several reports and submitted the same to DOT and several officials. My work can be seen at: . I also have a company NESA Radiation Solutions Pvt. Ltd. through which we have been carrying out radiation measurements for people in residences and offices and have seen a strong correlation between high radiation levels and health problems.

Recently government has started carrying out radiation measurements for residents through Telecom Enforcement, Resource and Monitoring (TERM) Cells/ Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL). However everywhere they measure, the readings indicate that levels are within norm. This has led to major confusion among common people.

I have attached a report prepared by industry/their associates for a building in Thane,Mumbai

Please note, government of India has adopted a very high radiation norm and what is safe from health point of view is much lower. Operators are within the norm so they keep saying they are within safe guidelines.

Efforts should be to convince the government to adopt better radiation norms:

Interpretation of the readings:

9.2W/sq.m=9200 mW/sq.m - ICNIRP Guideline1998 for GSM 1800 - The Department of Telecommunications, India adopted this norm in 2008
0.92W/sq.m=920 mW/sq.m - 1/10th of ICNIRP - The Department of Telecommunications, India adopted this norm from 1 Sept 2012
0.0001W/sq.m=0.1 mW/sq.m - Safe from health point of view [According to Bioinitiative Report 2007 and recommendations of Antenna Lab, IIT Bombay]
0.185W/sq.m (-02dBm)= 185mW/sq.m - Maximum Reading Measured in this building [Flat No.1002 - Bedroom] - (which is within the government norm hence operators have said that the levels are within guideline) This reading is very high from health point of view. People have been complaining of health problems like sleep disturbance, headaches, concentration problems, joint pains even above 0.001W/sq.m.= 1 mW/sq.m= Above 0.01W/sq.m = 10 mW/sq.m, severe health problems and cancer cases have also been reported in few years.

ICNIRP Guidelines are meant for short term exposure and not for long term exposure. In fact, the short term exposure guideline is only for 6 minutes/day.

By extrapolation, 1/10 of ICNIRP is valid only for 6x10 = 60 min = 1 hour per day. People living close to cell tower radiation are exposed to radiation 24x7.

Please go through the report: Guideline-Austrian-Medical-Assoc-EMF-syndrome.pdf -
Page 9 mentions that greater than 1 mW/sq.m is very far above normal.

According to Prof. Girish Kumar's report -, greater than 1 mW/sq.m over a few years of exposure leads to health problems.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me.

With regards,
Neha Kumar
Email -,

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Govt.'s radiation monitoring cell is a farce

Please go through the following complaint by karmayog group at

Govt.'s radiation monitoring cell is a farce
Feb 5, 2013

In Oct. 2012, after the launch the Telecom Enforcement Resource & Monitoring (TERM) Cell by the DoT, for citizens to register a complaint regarding EMF radiation from a cell tower, we had paid the Rs.4000/- required and registered a complaint.

We received a report that made no sense, that was not actionable by any authority and that did not help to solve our complaint at all. [see attached report]

In Dec. 2012, we wrote to Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, to Shri Milind Deora, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, to R. Chandrashekhar, Chairman TC & Secretary (T), Department of Telecommunications, requesting an answer to our queries and a resolution to our complaint.

No reply was received.

In Jan. 2012, we sent reminder letters to the same persons, viz, Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, to Shri Milind Deora, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, to R. Chandrashekhar, Chairman TC & Secretary (T), Department of Telecommunications, requesting a reply.

No reply was received.

Today, 3 months after we first paid Rs.4000 and filed a complaint, and 2 months after our first letter requesting assistance with our complaint, we have come to the conclusion that the government's radiation monitoring cell is a farce, and that the private agencies to whom the work has been outsourced, have fleeced thousands of citizens of their money and just left.

Do any of you'll have similar or different stories to share in this regard?



Date: 3-12-2012
1. Shri Kapil Sibal
Minister of Communications and Information Technology
Department of Telecommunications,
107, 1st Floor,
Sanchar Bhawan,
20, Ashoka Road,
New Delhi-110001

2. Shri Milind Deora
Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology
Ministry of Communications & IT,
Department of Telecommunications,
102, Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road,
New Delhi-110001

3. R. Chandrashekhar
Chairman TC & Secretary (T)
Department of Telecommunications
Ministry of Communications & IT,
Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road,
New Delhi-110001

Sub.: Measuring EMF radiation levels from cell towers to safeguard the health of citizens

Dear Sir,

This is with reference to the recent initiative launched by the DoT, the Telecom Enforcement Resource & Monitoring (TERM) Cell whereby citizens can register a complaint regarding EMF radiation from a cell tower, and the same is then measured by the Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL).

We reside in Mumbai, and accordingly in Oct. 2012, we had registered a complaint with the TERM Cell and paid the requisite fees, and thereafter a team from TCIL visited our premises and measured the radiation levels as needed.

Thereafter, we were informed to check on the TERM website in a few days, where our Radiation Report would be available, and the same could be then downloaded and used further, as needed.

We have downloaded the Report and the same is attached with this letter, for your reference.

We are writing to you as we are unable to determine from the Report whether or not the measured EMF radiation levels at our premises are safe or hazardous. This is because:
1. The Report does not mention the Units in which the EMF Radiation has been measured; it just states a number, such as 0.003391
2. The Report does not mention the safe levels of EMF Radiation, so that we are able to determine whether the Reading is within or beyond the safe level.

As you are aware, it is standard practice in any Report to state the baseline / safe / mean readings for any particular parameter, next to which the actual Reading is stated, so that it is obvious to any non-technical person as well whether the Reading is above or below par. E.g. as is done in blood tests.

We request that DoT urgently direct the TERM Cell and the implementing agency, TCIL to re-format and present the EMF Radiation Report with the data as we have suggested above.

Especially in view of the fact, that the government is charging Rs.4000/- per EMF Radiation Report, the least that is expected is that the Report received is accurate and professional, irrespective of whether the task has been outsourced or not.

We also tried to determine by ourselves what the DoT has stated as safe and permissable EMF Radiation levels for Cell Towers, but unfortunately, this information was not easily available.

The only information that we could find was that "The EMF exposure limit (Base Station Emissions) is lowered to 1/10th of the existing ICNIRP exposure level effective from 1st Sept. 2012. Indian standards are now 10 times more stringent than more than 90% countries in the world." from , but this did not help with our query, which is "What is the safe EMF Radiation from a mobile tower?"

We have also refered to the 71 page document at but the same is too technical in nature, and we were unable to solve our query as the document consists mainly of formulae and formats.

Our request to you:

1. Please state clearly the safe permitted EMF Radiation Levels in a simple manner for the common person to understand on the DoT website, TERM Cell website, TCIL website, websites of all Mobile Service Providers' and websites of all companies building and providing Mobile Towers.

2. Please change the format of the Radiation Report to include the Safe EMF Radiation limits next to the actual readings, and to mention the Units of Measurement too.

3. Please display sample Reports on all your websites so that citizens can get a better understanding of the same.

I look forward to the implementation of these suggestions that will lead to greater compliance of safe EMF Radiation from cell towers, and better health for the people of India.



All's not well.. ....that ends cell.
So Bo residents express alarm at clusters of cell phone towers, call for united action
14 August , 2012 MUMBAI
Hemal Ashar

While Mumbai marked Janmashtami recently, a cluster of organizations mainly from South Mumbai, under the umbrella Indians for Safe Environments (IFSE) supported by the Carmichael Road Citizens' Committee (CCC), Pedder Road Residents’ Association (PRRA) and Alta mount Road Area Citizens’ Committee (ARACC) held an awareness meet about the hazards from cell tower radiation. The meet was held at Activity High School on Gamadia Road, on an overcast evening.

The city was quieter than usual, with the Govindas having spent their energy pyramid climbing and several shops were closed to mark the day. The comparative serenity outside, was offset by some fiery speaking inside the school hall as speakers sought to convince the So Bo audience about the health hazards from electromagnetic field radiations from mobile tower/antennae. A few buildings in the vicinity have sprouted mobile towers off late acting as a catalyst for the concerned to get together in a public meet and and think of how to combat the problem.

After a brief introduction, during which the audience was reminded about the swish Usha Kiran building at Carmichael Road which faced a building called Vijay Apts. with mobile towers on the terrace, (see box) they were reminded that it was time to pressure the Govt. about mobile tower radiation, now that tower clusters have mushroomed in the areas around.

Children Perin Bagli Activity High School principal took the dais and said that, “we are very concerned about our children; we have approximately 1,000 students studying here and hope they are not affected by the radiation from cell phone towers in the vicinity. We have actually stopped our children from going to a certain area in the school because of these fears. We do need a safer environment, especially for children,” she said to applause.

Next up was Veena Singhal, chairperson of the Pedder Residents’ Association who was introduced with the words “she is one of the people who has been instrumental in saving us from the Pedder Rd flyover, which would have been a monumental disaster.” People listening were urged to emulate Singhal’s “fearlessness” and fight for human rights and against injustice. Singhal claimed many of these cell phone towers are “illegal and unauthorized we had written to authorities earlier for a structural audit of the area. With that, I mean, an audit of all the civic facilities in the area like fire stations etc, but I suppose this letter was binned. I think they have a special waste paper basket, where residents letters are dumped,” said Singhal living up to her, “fearless Veena” label. She also added that it was time authorities awoke from their “collective slumber” about cell phone towers. Conclusive Professor Girish Kumar of IIT, Mumbai used slides and graphs to stress his points in his presentation. “I have been working in the field of cell tower radiation hazards for 10 years at least,” said Kumar. He added that because of his anti-cell tower stance, he has been the subject of attacks from all over the country, as the telecom industry is a “trillion dollar industry and I am told that I talk about cell tower because of vested interests. I am also an entrepreneur. Foreign companies do not care for people or the eco system. There is also a new phrase that operators use these days to justify putting up cell phone towers. They say there is no ‘conclusive’ evidence proving they are carcinogenic,” said Kumar evoking snorts from the audience.

He then showed slides, which proved that the radiation pattern was important. For instance, if mobile phone towers are atop a terrace, the top few floors are more affected, he said. The professor also stated that he knew people who were afflicted by cancer, women who have had miscarriages but, “the problem is that the people do not want to come out and talk about these things. Our culture is different from that of the West, where the minute a person encounters a problem, he makes sure others know about it. How many cancer cases do they (the operators) want to see before terming it as ‘conclusive’ evidence?” asked Kumar signing off a feisty presentation replete with graphs and montages of earlier news coverage about cell phone towers and health.

Alarm Just as Kumar was striding off the stage; Dr Kamlesh Desai took the mike and thundered, “These are a cause of potential genocide. Society must wake up and stand up to the high levels of radiation.”

A little sprinkling of glamour arrived in the form of actor Juhi Chawla, looking very girl-next-door in casual trousers and blue t-shirt, sans the greasepaint. Chawla said that Professor Kumar’s presentation was “interesting and alarming” and then spoke about her battle along with other residents, to get mobile phone towers removed from the Sahyadri guesthouse on Malabar Hill.

The towers were near her home. “We had to do a lot of research and extensive follow ups, it was a battle of more than a year. I lost heart at times, but residents like Mr. Munshi (pointing to a gentleman in the audience) were so persuasive and just did not give up the fight. We also realised the importance of putting up banners. Then, the media cottoned on to the subject because of their visits to Sahyadri for various press meets and highlighted the issue. That helped a lot too, awareness is really the key,” said Juhi adding that everybody must speak up and get involved as, “one of us is not as strong as all of us.” She then galvanised the people saying that, “we need more presentations and more localities to take this up. Don’t give up; join hands and our numbers will swell. Let us take this movement forward,” she finished.


One almost expected the credits to roll then but since this was not a movie, in came Bombay Hospital’s Dr Anand Gokani who said, “I am often considered a maverick doc who speaks against the profession.” This maverick doc then looked at the sociological genesis of aspirations saying that, “first, something is considered exclusive or unusual, and it becomes a status symbol. When more people acquire it and numbers grow it becomes mass, like tobacco so many years ago was considered a status symbol, then it became mass and one discovered the cancer-tobacco link. Sometimes, this was not highlighted due to certain interests.” Dr Gokani added that children were especially susceptible to radiation because of their softer skulls, and sometimes, dangers like these do not hit the press because of the millions of rupees involved in them. “In Europe, there are stipulations like cell phone towers have to be at least 300-400 m from you and 50m above you, here, towers are much closer. At Haji Ali, whenever I drive past, I see clusters of towers and one has to wonder about the people living there or the police on duty near the juice centre, who spend a sizeable chunk of their day there.” Gokani added that a “lot of education and awareness is needed about these tower hazards. Apathy, ignorance and illiteracy is the cause of non-awareness and the reason why people with ulterior motives can whitewash things and thrust this upon us.”


It was then Malabar Hill resident Prakash Munshi’s turn to speak; the same Munshi who had been part of Juhi Chawla’s fight against the towers near their homes and Munshi gave credit for their success (the towers were removed) to banners that were put up, the media and “investigative journalism.” That came as a bit of fresh air for this reporter, who had been listening to the media being panned till then, for not highlighting hazards because some speakers and a smattering of listeners had come to the conclusion that the media had sold out to the cell phone companies because of huge advertising revenue. In fact, before the seminar began, two women who had come in to listen were talking amongst themselves. One was saying to the other that a journalist told her that they do not write about such things, as it would cost the paper advertising revenue. Then they collectively clucked in disapproval, at this revelation. So, Munshi's doff of the hat, so to speak, was certainly off the beaten, bash-the-media path.

Money - Munshi also said that people sometimes only thought about how much the companies are paying them for putting up the towers but “not what the cost of medical bills would be.” He also rued the perennial Govt. excuse of “setting up committees to look into the matter” and said, “how many committees will they set up?” Citing just how frustrating such fights could be, he said, “During our battle at Malabar Hill, I then decided it was enough of talking to committees and time to talk to the cellular operators themselves.” Munshi then advocated raising a voice against these towers and creating visibility ending with a cheery, “let the voice vote rise and diminish the money vote,” as the meeting closed.

Point of Contact Contact Indians for Safe Environments c/o Prakash Munshi, Raj Niketan, B G Kher Marg, Mumbai 400006 or email: about health problems faced by citizens on account of mobile towers. The data is being compiled to send to the necessary Govt. ministries to appeal to them to create safer guidelines and regulations for mobile tower installation.

In a Sunday MiD DAY report a couple of years earlier, the fracas about Usha Kiran and mobile towers was documented. Excerpts from the report:

Mobile towers or mobile tumours? That is the question. A slew of buildings in the up market Carmichael Road area in South Mumbai, have come together to appeal to Vijay Apartments to remove mobile towers on top of their building, to prevent harmful radiation. Though studies have not yet shown proof of a direct link between mobile tower radiation and cancer, Burjor Cooper, chairman, Carmichael Road Citizen’s Committee, (CRCC) echoes the sentiments of those opposed to the towers in his recent appeal, when he states: “It will take several years for completion of conclusive research and for any restrictions and safety standards to be implemented - with the result that many innocent lives could be lost because of the harmful effects of mobile phone towers.”

The trigger for this united action is three cancer cases in the tony Usha Kiran building opposite Vijay Apartments. Residents who do not wish to be named say there are two women who have cancer tumours on the sixth floor of Usha Kiran. They have been diagnosed with cancer in 2009. Buildings who are supporting Usha Kiran and have joined in the appeal are: Rushila building, Ghia Mansion, Anand-Kamal Co-Op Society, Everest House and Indira Premises Co-Op Society.

Usha Kiran’s appeal also signed by Prakash Patel, treasurer, CRCC, elaborates: “There are three cases of brain tumours (two cases are of a cancerous nature and one case of recurrent/aggressive meningioma) and one case of bone cancer all four cases concentrated in the fifth, sixth, and eighth floors and have occurred in the recent past in Usha Kiran building. These three floors are directly facing and at the same height as the two mobile phone towers placed on the roof of the building (Vijay Apartments) on the opposite side of the road.”

From Top of the Hill

In the September 2009 issue of the Altamount Road Area Citizen’s Committee (ARACC) newsletter titled: Top of the Hill, a news snippet on the back page is headlined: Beware. It does not name the buildings but it is obvious that the buildings in question are Usha Kiran and Vijay Apartments. An excerpt from the news item reads: ‘A skyscraper on Carmichael Road has had three cases of brain tumour in a span of seven months. On further inspection it was found that the cases occurred on floors that were in the same bandwidth as cell phone towers in the opposite building. These towers face the skyscraper.

Permissible radiation levels are from 0-50 but when a flat on the affected floor was tested it showed radiation levels of a staggering 2,000! Is there a correlation between these cases and the cell phone towers? While scientific evidence linking the two irrefutably is yet to be found, the writing is on the wall. Buildings would do well to avoid getting lured by rich sums paid by cell phone companies to host these towers.’

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Testimonials of People facing health problems from Mobile Tower Radiation

Mr. Ashok:

High radiation from cell tower in R.T.C colony, Plot No.12, near R.T.C Bus Stand, Secunderabad Pin code 500001. Cell tower is installed on residence plot and near by residents are effected due to high radiation.

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Complaints on Cell Tower Radiation by Residents from Chembur

From, Date : 24TH February, 2013

The Residents of
Satnam Sharan
Plot No. 109,
Sindhi Society,
Mumbai- 400071.

IN RE: Complaint against 1) M/s.Viom Infra Networks Ltd. having their office at 4th floor , Tower No.3, Peninsula Techno Park, off Bandra Kurla Complex, LBS Marg, Kurla(W), Mumbai-70 2) M/s. Indus Towers Ltd., 3) Mr. Joydeep Moitra (mobile No.9619488496) having their office at: Skyline Icon, 3rd Floor, Near Mittal Industrial Estate, Andheri Kurla Road, Andheri (East), Mumbai- 400059, 4) Sanjay Jumani, resident of flat no.301, Tulip building, Plot No. 108, Sindhi Society, Chembur, Mumbai- 400071 for Installing 8 to12 illegal Mobile towers on Plot No. 108, Tulip Building, Sindhi Society, Chembur, Mumbai- 400071,Violating all Safety Norms by putting danger to building and building residents as well as the residents of vicinity .

With reference to above said subject matter complaint in regard to “Illegal Mobile Towers”. I would like to state that on Plot No. 108, “Tulip” building, Sindhi Society, Chembur, Mumbai- 71, is the building which consist of 6 floors, on the roof of the building there are more than Eight Mobile Towers with the high radiations which is affecting very badly to the residents of the vicinity, and the said towers are still Existing without any authority or permission and continued beyond the period of agreement though there is order of corporation dated 4th September 2012 copy annexed herewith, and the said agreement is executed unauthorisedly and fraudulently by one of the flat owner named Sanjay Jumani resident of flat no.301, Tulip building, plot no.108, sindhi society, chembur, Mumbai-400 071 and the said person is siphoning the said huge amount from the towers company the said undue advantage is taken by the said person as there is no registered resident body in the said building and the said Sanjay Jumani with the other above said accused are throwing dust in the eyes of the concerned authorities.

We say that due to the High Number of Mobile Towers with such a High Radiation the residents of the Vicinity are suffering from :-
1) Constant Headachs
2) Body Pains
3) High Blood Pressure
4) Vomitings
5) Knee Pains
6) Eyes are burning and lack of sleep
7) One of the resident recently detected with the stomach tumour.

We say that we the residents of the said building are very badly affected and are suffering health wise, whereas the children’s are mostly affected they are complaining a severe headaches and vomitings and are not able to do there studies as mostly the childrens are in 10th and 12th standard. Whereas the Towers Installation and the companies have a indifferent attitude and least bothered about the above said aspects, where as the building flat owner who has executed the said agreement in his personal capacity shown no concern as he is more concerned with his lucrative monetary benefits to the tune about of Rs. 24 Lakhs per annum.

We the sufferers request you for prompt action in the matter by early removal of the said more than 12 illegal towers and antennas at earliest.

Thanking you,


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Impacts of radio-frequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) from cell phone towers and wireless devices on biosystem and ecosystem – a review

Impacts of radio-frequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) from cell phone towers and wireless devices on biosystem and ecosystem – a review

S Sivani*, D Sudarsanam
Department of Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology, Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Biology and Medicine, 4 (4): 202–216, 2012

Shivani PaImpacts of radio-frequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) from cell phone towers and wireless devices on biosystem and ecosystem – a review per EMR BM Journal by

Monday, March 11, 2013

Presentation by Prof. Girish Kumar in MANIT Bhopal on Radiation Hazards and Shielding Solutions

Following presentation was given by Prof. Girish Kumar at a conference organized by students of MANIT, Bhopal on 9 March 2013.

Event was organized by Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology at Courtyard by Marriott, Bhopal. Delegates from Town & country planning, Housing Board, faculty from Private institutions, students of architecture & planning, Research scholars from MANIT, nagar nigam engineers, delegates from Urban development, & EPCO were present.

Cell Tower Radiation Hazards and Solutions: Bhopal by

Based on the same, Cell Tower Radiation Coverage also appeared in Rajasthan Patrika Bhopal on 11 March 2013 (Page 1 and 10)