AHMEDABAD: Until now it was believed that using a mobile phone for more than 30 minutes daily (over 8 to 10 years) would put the user at an increased risk of cancer. However, a group of experts from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has interpreted the international Interphone study report and claimed that in Indian context, using mobile phones for more than four minutes daily or two hours per month (over 10 years of use) increases risk of cancer and other health hazards.
“This is because in addition to the overuse of cell phones, we are also absorbing excessive radiation from mobile phone towers 24X7. Multiple companies are allowed to erect towers in an area, multiplying radiation hazards,” said Girish Kumar, professor of electrical engineering department, IIT, Mumbai. Kumar is one of the three experts on the technical advisory committee which recently prepared a report on signal tower radiation hazard for the Department of Telecom (DoT) and the West Bengal environment ministry.