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December 16, 1999
AIR, DD to counter Pak propaganda along border areas
The Indian government is strengthening the All India Radio and Doordarshan transmission networks all along the India-Pakistan border to enhance their coverage well within and across the border in an attempt to counter Islamabad's anti-India propaganda.
Several steps -- enhancing the power of existing transmitters, setting up new ones and airing better programmes -- are presently under implementation. These include upgradation of 200 kw to 300 kw radio transmitters at Srinagar, upgradation of 100 kw to 300 kw radio transmitters at Jodhpur, setting up a high power TV transmitter each at Kathua (Jammu and Kashmir), Fazilka (Punjab) and Barmer (Rajasthan) for DD-I and setting up a high power TV transmitter at Jammu for DD-2.
Official sources said that in addition to the projects under implementation, the central government also recently approved a special package for Jammu and Kashmir for both AIR and Doordarshan to enhance their reach both within and across the border.
It is proposed to set up 300 kw AIR transmitters and 1,000 kw transmitters (for external service) at Rajkot and 10 kw transmitters at Bhuj (Gujarat), a 300 kw AIR transmitter at Suratgarh, a 20 kw transmitter at Barmer and a 10 kw fm transmitter at Jaisalmer (Rajasthan), a 300 kw AIR transmitter and 200 kw transmitter at Jalandhar (Punjab) and a 300 kw AIR transmitter at Jammu, six kw fm transmitters each at Kathua and Poonch and a 200 kw mw transmitter at Srinagar.
Similarly, a ten kw DD transmitter on a 300 metre tower will be set up at Bhuj in Gujarat, a one kw interim set up at Barmer and ten kw transmitter at Jaisalmer (Rajasthan), ten kw DD transmitter at Amritsar and one kw interim set up and Fazilka (Punjab) and an HPT at Jammu, ten kw HPT at Poonch, one kw transmitter for DD-2 at Srinagar and one kw HPT at Leh.
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