The Indian government recently imposed a penalty of Rs 10.80 crore on telecom service providers for exceeding the standard limit of radiation from mobile towers. This was stated in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha by telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Every major telecom service provider was fined. The maximum penalty of Rs 2.15 crore was imposed on Bharti Airtel followed by Rs 1.80 crore on Vodafone and Rs 1.65 crore on Reliance.
Similarly, a penalty of Rs 95 lakh was imposed on Idea, Rs 90 lakh on Aircel, Rs 70 lakh on BSNL, Rs 55 lakh on Loop, Rs 15 lakh on MTNL, Rs 5 lakh on Sistema Shyam Teleservices, Rs 35 lakh on Uninor and Rs 10 lakh on Videocon.
The penalty for exceeding the prescribed radiation limits has been set at Rs 10 lakh per base tower station. In India, the number of base tower stations setup at mobile towers stood at 9,08,353 (as on May 31,2015).