INDIA: Four FM channels for city soon

Local FM radio stations, 3G mobile phone service and WiMAX wireless broadband are among the projects Ludhiana's member of parliament plans to bring to the city

The Times of India
Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ludhiana --- The Union ministry for information and broadcasting has proposed to set up four new frequency modulation (FM) radio channels in the city.

This was informed by Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of the Congress, Manish Tewari, at a function organized by the local media to mark his 100 days as a parliamentarian here on Thursday. He also informed that these channels would be operated by private players.

Addressing the gathering, Tewari said, "The city has no local FM channel except one being run by an educational institution. For a population of about 40 lakh, a local FM station is the need of the hour."

Giving details of his endeavours, Tewari said 3G mobile services in GSM Network at a cost of Rs 21, 32, 68,058 along with Wi-MAX Wireless Broadband service at a cost of Rs 10,71,42,857 will soon be introduced in the city.

Referring to the ministry of urban development, he said, "A sewage and sewage treatment plant for Ludhiana will be set up for which Rs 241 crore has already been sanctioned and Rs 30.17 lakh has already been released."

He said the project was approved on March 14, 2009. He further informed that the ministry of urban poverty alleviation had approved the construction of 4,832 houses under the BSUP project at the cost of Rs 66.64 crore and having a Central share of Rs 33.27 crore.

Tewari also said the ministry of youth affairs and sports under the Panchyat Yuva Kendra or Khel Abhiyaan had sanctioned Rs 1, 35, 98,000 for Ludhiana and 107 village panchayats and block panchayats would be given basic sports infrastructure.

He also mentioned the cleaning up of Buddha Nullah for which he had got Rs 50 crore sanctioned as the additional Central assistance.