DHAKA, April 25 (Xinhua) -- A High Court Division bench in Bangladesh has directed the country's telecom regulator to submit a report on the impact of radiation from tens of thousands of mobile phone towers.
The bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued the order following a writ petition seeking the court's directive on the regulator for measures to minimize radiation impact on people and the environment.
The bench gave the Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) four months to submit the report.
Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), a local rights body, filed the petition as public-interest-litigation with the court following a local media report that towers have been emitting radiation detrimental for human health.
Bangladesh's mobile phone operators have currently over 35,000 towers.
The total number of Bangladesh's mobile phone subscribers reached over 158 million at the end of February with addition of 1.449 million new users in the first two months of the year, statistics of the country's telecom regulator showed.