Satellite uplink, FM transmitter at world's highest radio station

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Leh, May 29 (UNI) An FM transmitter and Satellite Uplink Station, enhancing the reach of the world's highest radio station here was inaugurated by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today.

Located at 11,800 feet above sea level, it was linked to low power transmitters at Nyoma, Khaltsi and Diskit, thus introducing the youth in the Moonland to the reigning FM broadcast.

In his address in the premises of the All India Radio (AIR), Leh, the Chief Minister welcomed the introduction of the FM transmitter and satellite uplink station and called for further improvement to cover the shadow areas in the region where television and radio signals were not received due to geographical constraints.

He said the satellite uplink would help people in the region outside the district headquarters to listen to the programmes broadcast from here.

The linking of three small transmitters across the district would enhance the reach of the programmes and also allow countrywide direct telecast of any programme or event from Leh.

The Chief Minister said that the radio was an effective medium of communication and the inauguration of FM Station here was a boon for the young generation as it was a craze with the youth all over the country.

The popularity of FM transmission had transcended the boundaries of popularity and the youth were feeling a special connection with these transmissions.

He said Leh district enjoyed the unique distinction among the mountainous areas where the youth were taking to education in large numbers.

Mr Azad said young boys and girls from Leh were studying in educational institutions in Shimla, Chandigarh, Dalhousie, Mumbai and other cities.

He also said the FM transmitter would be a good entertainment medium for these students after they return to their homes following the completion of their studies.

He added good entertainment was necessary to keep youngsters connected with their homelands.

The Chief Minister said that the Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharati, had assured him that he would take adequate steps to commission the local talent.

Describing aerial, road and rail communications as vital for the progress of any area, the Chief Minister said that his government was focused on the development of the region and had taken several important initiatives in this direction.


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