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Are mobile towers in residential areas harmful?

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Rochan Chand

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People are happy with good network accessibility which is brought by the availability of mobile towers in their locations. However many institutions are concerned about the side effects of the radiation emitted by the towers. Telecommunication companies are now in war with government officials over the harmful effects of these towers in residential areas. However, there is no much proof whether these towers are harmful or not. Those who say they are harmful to have the following points of argument:

  • Electromagnetic radiation –Experts have warned people against staying within 50 meters of a mobile tower because of the radiation which they say is cancerous. The experts particularly state that these towers are responsible for most cases of brain cancer. 
  • Chasing away birds –Mobile towers and birds cannot exist together. When a mobile tower is installed in an area birds, start migrating that area. This act has been associated with the radiation of these towers. They are also responsible for the disappearance of butterflies and insects. 
  • Effects on unborn babies –The radiation of mobile towers also have effects on the unborn. This is because the unborn have thin skulls and therefore the rays can easily penetrate causing the children to have less concentration power. 
  • The radiation has also been associated with other effects such as digestive imbalances and memory loss. 
  • Because of the high competition among telecommunication companies, some companies end up setting the towers on top of buildings without checking safety standards, therefore, endangering people’s lives. 

Not all people see the mobile towers harmful. Those who support their installation in residential areas argue that:

  • The radiation of mobile towers is not significant because it covers a small area. Also, its frequency is small and therefore does not have health hazards.
  • At the moment, mobile towers must be authorized before installation and therefore illegal installation has been eliminated. 
  • Radiation effects coming from mobile towers are not true. The radiation story was started by an Indian company which wanted to sell radiation proof products like ventilation shields. 

When technology is not kept in check, it can be harmful. The same case has applied to mobile towers which are very beneficial when installed properly following all the procedures and norms. Communication is important but not as important as people lives and their health. Therefore these towers should remain within the set standards for them not to have negative effects on human beings and animals.

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