High Court directives to prevent mobile towers radiation
The High Court on Thursday has directed Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to submit a report on the impact of radiation from mobile phone towers on the human body and the environment within four months.
Court 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 on October 18, 2012, by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) - a rights organization - seeking the court’s order to prevent radiation from mobile-phone towers.
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.
Form a BTRC cell to monitor threats against health.
And have the BTRC form an alternative dispute resolution committee and the license owners submit reports every six months.