The spectrum analyser at BIT-Mesra’s lab in Ranchi on Wednesday. (Prashant Mitra)
Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) has taken the first step to rein in cellular operators in the state capital.
It has formally kick-started a campaign to measure electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiation of all mobile phone towers in Ranchi to check whether it was well within the permissible limit.
A hand-held spectrum analyser, worth Rs 15 lakh, has been procured from a company in Calcutta for the purpose.
On Wednesday, it was taken to BIT-Mesra where professors of electronics and telecommunication department tested the equipment. Civic body officials were then given training on how to operate it.
“We have come here to learn to handle the spectrum analyser. We are also planning to measure EMF radiation of a mobile tower near BIT-Mesra to get a field experience before starting our work from Friday,” said Raj Kumar, assistant engineer of RMC.
Kumar is heading the civic body team that has been formed to measure the frequency of mobile towers.
“BIT-Mesra will assist us in analysing radiation effect from the towers. The institute has agreed to help our officials in taking the readings,” said RMC chief executive officer Dipankar Panda.
After the data is collected from different mobile towers in and around the city, the professors will analyse it and submit an individual report on each tower to the RMC.
In the first phase, the civic body will collect data of 25-30 towers and pass it on to BIT-Mesra for analysis.
RMC PRO Naresh Kumar Sinha said if the radiation value of a particular mobile tower exceeded the permitted limit, the civic body would ask the cellular operator concerned to “shut it down”.
At present, 236 cellphone towers exist in the city. The civic body has the authority to ensure operators adhere to the frequency allotted to them.