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BSNL allays fears over radiation from towers

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It is well below the specifications made by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, says GM

BSNL General Manager V. Munindranath addressing the media in Ongole on Thursday.—Photo: Kommuri Srinivas
BSNL General Manager V. Munindranath addressing the media in Ongole on Thursday.—Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

The BSNL, Ongole, on Thursday allayed fears of people over radiation from its cell towers saying that the radiation level was well below the specifications made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

Addressing a press conference here, its General Manager V. Munindranath sought people’s cooperation in erecting cell towers in their localities to improve the services.

He said the BSNL had erected 37 of the 129 2G and 3G towers so far and planned to erect another 15 each of 2G and 3G towers during the month.

Deputy General Manager G.V. Bhaskar Rao said their efforts to put in place towers had come to a naught in eight places in the district, including Mangamoor and Kopollu, with local people objecting to erection of cell towers.

On new BSNL landline connections, he said the BSNL would be able to lay cables only when there was a demand for adequate number of new connections in a particular area.

‘Attractive plans’

Mr. Munindranath announced attractive 10 new plans for mobile, landline, and Internet users. Reinstallation charges for landline users were reduced to Rs. 375 in urban areas and Rs. 275 in rural areas till this month-end.

He said, under the new general plan, mobile users could get full talk time for a month with first recharge coupon (FRC) of Rs. 103 with a validity of 180 days to make local calls and on Net at 60 ps/min and 70 ps/min local and STD off Net. Under Akarsh with FRC of 299 with 180 days validity they could make local/STD calls at 33 ps/min to any network and send SMS at 10 ps.

He said under the new roaming special tariff voucher (STV) 90, those on the move could get all incoming calls free and both local and STD outgoing calls at 1.5 paise per second.

BSNL came out with UL 350 and UL 500 to woo landline users.

Internet users could get data card worth about Rs.1,600 free under DPV 3299 and get 30 GB free with one year validity, he added.


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