All India Radio Amritsar not achieving its target

October 02, 2018 10:42 PM

By Harjap Singh Aujla
Inaugurated on March 24, 2018, All India Radio Amritsar is not reaching its designed targeted audience. It was designed in 2005-06 with a 300 meter high tower and a 20 kilowatt FM stereo transmitter. Actual work started in May of 2007. According to my information, the tower was completed in 2013 itself. After that, the contractor abandoned the project.

The information reaching me via official channels is that the Prasar Bharati authorities have found that the tower is slightly out of its vertical alignment. Making this an issue, the Prasar Bharati officials refused to utilize this tower as it is. The contractor refused to rectify the mistake. Consequently, the matter ended in the court. Both sides are not budging. In 2017, after a sustained pressure from the local public, Prasar Bharati constructed a 100 meter high dwarf tower alongside the 300 meter high tower. The elements of the transmitting antenna were dismantled from the 300 meter high tower and installed on the new tower.

In the meanwhile the local pressure was increasing. After test transmissions for a few months, the high powered transmitter was formally inaugurated on September 24, 2018. According to the authorities, the present range of this 20 kilowatt transmitter is 60 kilometers (37 miles). I am not sure about its reception in Lahore, but in Amritsar, which is closer, the reception is poor in many congested areas of Central Amritsar.

The locals are demanding a studio complex for some local production of a part of the relayed programming. No arrangements have so far been made for the studio. This station is at present carrying 12 hours of the Urdu Service of All India Radio coming from New Delhi and six hours of Des Punjab and FM Rainbow Service of All India Radio Jalandhar. Amritsar has a number of high rise cement concrete buildings, the normal height of an economy class hotel is six stories, those buildings, which come in the shadow of these hotels get a poor signal or no signal at all.

The authorities of Prasar Bharati are urged to start transmission services from the original 300 meter high tower as soon as possible or build a concrete tower of even higher altitude. This is a very important thickly populated sector on both sides of the border, which cannot be ignored.

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Harjap Singh Aujla 10/3/2018 4:29:03 AM

I fail to understand as to why the 300 meter high tower can not be commissioned. Its alignment has not worsened over the past 5 years.

Amritsar 10/3/2018 3:18:25 PM

Absolutly Right & well written.poor transmission waves.The quality should be improved.Range should be extended by providing transmission from 300 m high Existing Tower.Thanks Aujla Sahib by raising true facts.

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