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18 May, 2017 11:05:19 PM
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BTRC to buy radiation measurement tools

Risks caused by mobile towers radiation
Staff Reporter
BTRC to buy radiation measurement tools

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has initiated steps to buy radiation measurement tools, including vehicles, to measure the risks to public health caused by radiation emitted by mobile phone towers.
BTRC chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood told The Independent that the telecom regulator has decided to form a technical subcommittee in this respect. 
Representatives of the Atomic Energy Commission and the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University’s technical subcommittee will be included in the BTRC technical subcommittee. The commission’s engineering and operations (E&O) department is supervising all the activities.
According to the minutes of the 204th meeting of the commission, tools used in the telecommunications sector, especially in mobile phone towers, and instruments used in high- frequency work, can generate electromagnetic fields. It is imperative to investigate whether these frequencies adversely affect humans and the environment.
In 2012, Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh had filed a writ petition before the HC with respect to the radiation levels of mobile phone towers. Five years after the petition was filed, the HC bench issued the directive during a hearing on the writ petition.
On March 28 this year, the HC directed the government to obtain expert opinion from three international organisations—the World Health Organisation (WHO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)—regarding the public health risk caused by radiation from mobile phone towers.
In such a context, the BTRC has decided to buy radiation measurement tools. With two machines, it is possible to monitor a couple of operator towers for the time being.
According to the minutes of the meeting, the commission will be able to measure a single tower of a single mobile phone operator by using each radiation measurement tool at a time. It will take at least one-and-a-half to two hours to measure a single tower.
The commission has decided to buy two radiation measurement tools, given the number of towers of mobile operators.

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