High Court orders feasibility study on mobile tower radiation
April 26, 2019, 01:21 AM
Publish- April 26, 2019, 01:21 AM
Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB)- Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has been directed to conduct a feasibility study on the radiation level emitted from mobile towers and its effect on public health and environment.
A High Court bench comprising Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir on Thursday asked BTRC to submit the study report within four months following a writ petition filed by a local rights organization Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh in 2012.
Deputy Attorney General Qazi Zinat Haque represented the state while Advocate Manzil Murshid, Ripon Baroi and Sanjay Mondol represented the petitioner and Khandaker Reza-E-Rakib represented BTRC.
The court also served an 11-point directive regarding the towers that are a key feature of the entire telecommunications infrastructure these days:- to limit emission level of radiation to 0.1, to avoid rooftops of residential buildings, schools and colleges, hospitals, clinics, jails, playgrounds, heritage and archaeological areas while installing mobile towers; take security measures to prevent excessive radiation emission; make the BTRC and license owners independently measure radiation in compliance with ITU and IEC codes; replace towers that emit excessive radiation with new ones and so on.
HRPB filed the writ petition as public interest litigation with the High Court seeking its directives following a media report on the detrimental effects by mobile towers installed on the roofs of residential buildings and offices.