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DD has no plans for new terrestrial transmitters in view of Freedish: MoS Rathore

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NEW DELHI: A total of 19 digital transmitters have been installed in 17 states including Delhi ‘to keep pace with the advancement in broadcasting industry in the world’, Parliament has been informed.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said a total of 40 digital high power transmitters under the 11th plan and 23 under the 12th plan have been approved as part of the digitisation schemes.

The 19 which are already under implementation include two each in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The other states apart from Delhi are Assam, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Odisha, Punjab, Tanil Nadu, Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.

Meanwhile, the Minister said no new transmitters for terrestrial were envisaged for Doordarshan “in view of multi channel TV coverage having been provided in the entire country including rural areas through the free-to-air Freedish, except a few in border areas.”

As part of the ongoing schemes of the 11th plan, four transmitter projects are under implementation in J&K including a high power transmitter for DD1 and DD News in Rajouri. The others are HPTs in Green Ridge, Himbotingla and Natha Top (Patnitop). 

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