The government has said that for installation of any mobile tower, a service provider company has to obtain siting clearance from the technical angle issued by this Ministry from flying hazards, line-of site obstruction and RF interference view points only, stated Milind Deora, Minister of State in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Towers are to be installed after obtaining site clearance by this Ministry. However, siting clearance is issued by this Ministry without prejudice to other applicable byelaws, rules and regulations of Local bodies such as Municipal Corporation, Gram Panchayats etc.
Therefore, before installation of towers, service providers are also required to obtain necessary clearances from concerned local authorities/State Govt. bodies.
There have been some complaints regarding some towers being installed without obtaining requisite clearance from local authorities concerned. It is for the local authorities to take action against these agencies concerned in such situation. However, such cases are not monitored by this Ministry.
None of the mobile towers tested for Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) compliance till 30.06.2012, were exceeding the EMR limits as per license condition, he said.