All India Radio (AIR) programmes can now be heard in regions of Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) as well as in other parts of the neighbouring country.
The development comes after the Centre boosted the signal capacity of AIR transmission by installing a new 300 KV Digital Radio Mondial (DRM) transmitter in Jammu, official sources said today.
The range of programmes transmitted from Jammu station of AIR can now be heard beyond PoJK and areas of Pakistan’s Punjab province, they said.
With the introduction of DRM transmission, the sound waves are loud, steady and uniform, without missing gaps due to absence of disruption of signal, the sources said.
The programmes aired from Radio Kashmir Jammu station of All India Radio are now flawlessly audible across PoJK and beyond. As a result, not only Radio Kashmir Jammu is widely heard in PoJK but is also becoming increasingly popular with each passing day, they said.
Another remarkable headway in expanding radio reach is the decision for setting up an AIR station at Udhampur which had been a long pending demand for several decades.
The radio station at Udhampur will have a transmission range of 55 kms aerial radius with a terrestrial range even longer and the sound waves from this station will also be accessible in PoJK, the sources said.
The land for setting up the station has been identified by Udhampur district administration in the vicinity of the city and formalities for the transfer and acquisition of land will be taken up soon, they said.
The setting up of a studio at Udhampur Radio Station will also be done by the Centre and AIR, the sources said.
The transmitter at Bhaderwah Radio Station in Jammu and Kashmir has already been upgraded on public demand and a high power transmitter is in the process of being installed at Patnitop for smooth onward transmission of radio signals in the entire region falling in Udhampur and erstwhile Doda districts, they said.