: The first meeting of the expert committee to study the possible impact of communication towers on wildlife has recommended the formulation of guidelines to regulate the installing of mobile towers, committee member Sainudeen Pattazhy has said.

Dr. Pattazhy, Professor of Zoology, was included on the 11-member expert committee, constituted by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, for his research on the impact of mobile towers on bees and house sparrows. He is on the committee as a representative of the University of Kerala.

Dr. Pattazhy said the meeting, held recently, decided to ask the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History to prepare a report within two months on the frequency band effects and biological disturbances from mobile towers on the navigation and seasonal migration of birds, bees and other wild animals.

At the meeting, Dr. Pattazhy pointed out that the radiation impact on bees would affect the livelihood of about two lakh honey farmers in Kerala. He said mobile towers even affected human health by causing sleeplessness and skin diseases. This is seen mostly in people residing within 300-metre radius of such towers.

P.K. Panigrahi, Additional Director in the Union Ministry of Telecommunications, however, said there was no evidence in India to suggest that mobile towers could cause harm to human beings.

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