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J&K gets 92 transmitters for DD and 10 for AIR

MUMBAI: As part of the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Special Plan Phase-I approved in 1999, Doordarshan (DD) has set up 92 transmitter projects in the state. Terrestrial coverage has become available to 95 per cent population of the state.

All uncovered areas of J&K along with rest of the country (except Andaman & Nicobar Islands) have been provided with multi channel TV coverage through DD's free to air DTH service 'DD Direct Plus'.

Under the J&K Special Plan Phase-II approved in September 2007, the J&K government has been provided with 10,000 direct-to-home (DTH) sets along with TV sets for the state's uncovered areas.

As part of the J&K Special Plan Phase-I, All India Radio (AIR) have also set up 10 new transmitters and upgraded 2 transmitters in J&K. Similarly under J&K Special Plan Phase-II, 11 number of DG Sets and 7 number of UPS have been approved for AIR.

During the current financial year, an amount of Rs 390.9 million has been allocated to Prasar Bharati for improving television and radio facility in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

Out of the Rs 390.9 million, Rs 300 million will be provided as grants in aid (GIA) and Rs 90.9 million as loan.

For the financial year 2009-10, Rs 1 billion has been introduced for improvement of FM & TV coverage in J&K border areas. This includes setting up of three FM/TV High Power transmitters at hilltops. Additionally, Low Power Transmitters (LPT) have also been proposed in uncovered regions.

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