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BTRC Preparing Guideline on Mobile Tower Radiation

| MAM Bulbul |

Following the High Court's (HC) directives, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will prepare guidelines pertaining to the public health risks caused by radiation emitted by mobile phone towers. BTRC chairman, Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood, said that after getting directives from the HC, the legal and licensing, and the engineering and operations divisions of the commission have been instructed to prepare the guidelines. On March 28 this year, the HC directed the government to obtain expert opinions from three international organizations—World Health Organization (WHO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)—regarding the public health risks caused by radiation from mobile phone towers. The bench, comprising Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md. Salim, issued the directive and asked the Health and Family Welfare Ministry to submit a progress report on the issue by April 10. The court also asked the BTRC to prepare a guideline and submit a progress report on radiation being prepared by the commission.

In 2012, Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh had filed a writ petition before the HC over the radiation levels of mobile phone towers. Five years after the petition was filed, the HC bench is sued the directive during a hearing on the writ petition. Advocate Manzil Murshid stood for the petitioner, while Khandaker Reza-e-Rakib represented the BTRC, and deputy attorney general Kazi Zinat Haque argued for the state. Earlier, on March 22, an expert committee of the Health Ministry had submitted a report before the HC, stating that it found excessive radiation emitted by mobile towers as harmful to public health. The report had recommended that the HC should direct the BTRC to take initiatives to examine the BTS' of the country’s mobile operators so that radiation emitted by towers can be reduced and kept under control.

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