BTRC asked to submit report on mobile tower radiation
The High Court on Thursday directed Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to submit a report within four months on the impact of radiation from mobile phone towers on the human body and the environment .
The HC also issued eleven directives to protect people, trees and animals from harmful radiation from the mobile phone towers.
An HC bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir came up with the directive in response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) - a rights organization .
On October 18, 2012, advocate Manzil Murshid on behalf of the HRPB filed the writ seeking the court’s order to prevent radiation from mobile-phone towers.
The other directives are : not to install more mobile phone towers and also remove towers from rooftops of houses, school, colleges, hospitals, clinics, jails, fields, residential areas, heritage and archaeological sites.
To make mobile tower radiation according to standards.
To take security measures to control radiation, formulate rules in acquiring land to install mobile phone towers.
To make the BTRC and license owners independently measure radiation in compliance with ITU and IEC codes.
To replace over-radiated towers with new ones.
To make the BTRC take responsibility for tower verification and monitoring tests.
To form a BTRC cell to monitor threats against health.
The BTRC will have to form an alternative dispute resolution committee, and the license owners should submit reports every six months.