Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has awarded a tender for the procurement of radiation measurement tools along with two monitoring vehicles to Indian company FASTECH Telecommunication (I) Pvt Limited.
The telecom regulator has issued a notification of award letter to the entity on April 24.
The BTRC also asked FASTECH to deposit Tk 29.31 lakh as performance security to the commission along with signing contract within May 21 this year.
Under the notification, the entity would get €1,49,760 (around Tk 1.52 crore) along with Tk 1.40 crore in local currency to provide the equipment and vehicles.
The BTRC initiated the move to procure the tools following a High Court directive that asked the telecom regulator to take preventive measures if any harmful radiation from the mobile towers is found.
The tools would allow the BTRC to know whether the radiation the BTSs of the mobile operators are emitting is creating any sort of health risk for people or any adverse impact on environment, said a BTRC official.
Findings through using the tools would also allow the commission to take regulatory measures in this regard in future, he added.
In 2012, the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh filed a petition with the High Court over the radiation level of mobile phone towers.
The High Court later asked the authorities concerned to look into the radiation level, health risks and environmental impacts caused by the radiation.
Following the court order, an expert committee formed by the health ministry prepared a report after examining radiation from some mobile towers in the Dhaka city.
According to the report, the radiation emitted by a tower of a mobile operator in Bangladesh was found harmful to public health.
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