A new 100-kilowatt high power digital transmitter has been inaugurated at Radio Pakistan Dera Ismail Khan.

Inaugurating it, Director General Radio Pakistan , Samina Parvez Khalid said that installation of the new transmitter at Dera Ismail Khan was part of the plan to upgrade and expand the network of state broadcaster to boost the reach and quality of its transmissions.

She said Dera Ismail Khan is an important city where 70,000 internally displaced persons [IDPs] of North Waziristan have moved.

On this occasion, the director general also distributed prizes among the position holders of declamation contest titled 'Is Parcham kay saiy talay hum aik hen'.

The new transmitter is strong enough to carry broadcasts of DI Khan Radio to a radius of 160 kilometer during day time and over 400 kilometer during night, making broadcasts audible in entire Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, parts of Balochistan, Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and some areas of Afghanistan.

Costing more than Rs315 million, the project was launched in September 2010 under a statement of collaboration signed between Radio Pakistan and the USAID but in view of the ongoing military operation and mass displacement of population, worked on it was expedited and now it has become operational. Out of Rs315 million, Rs291.3 million were provided by the USAID for providing high power transmitter and its allied equipments with the installation and transportation carriage while Radio Pakistan had to bear Rs23.227 million as expenditure on the renovation work of existing transmitter building and up-gradation of power supply, studio bloc with civil works and studio equipment.

Permission has been sought form the planning commission for the construction of Broadcasting House at HPT complex.

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