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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Land for Karimganj FM station handed over to AIR authorities

KARIMGANJ, Oct 21: The primary hurdle for fulfilling the long-awaited demand of the people of Karimganj for establishing a radio station at Karimganj has been finally removed. Sources said that the district administration handed over a plot of land measuring 2.36 acre to the All India Radio (AIR) authorities recently.

The land is located at Inatpur, on the outskirts of Karimganj town under Mouza Inatpur, Pargana-Kushiarkul, of Karimganj police station. With the taking over of physical and formal possession of the land under Dag No. 544, 545, 546 (partly) and 547 (partly), the people of Karimganj have heaved a sigh of relief as the matter related to the selection of site was about to be abandoned by the AIR authorities two years back, the sources said.

“The file was re-opened when the then Union Minister for Heavy Industries Santosh Mohan Deb took up the matter with the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,” said Sabyasachi Roy, secretary of the Karimganj district committee of the Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya Sanskrit Sammelan (BUBSSS). This premier literary and cultural organization of the valley has been pursuing the issue of the proposed radio station at Karimganj. Though it would not be a full-fledged station, but a “one KW FM transmitter” will be established without further delay, the sources added.

The deputy director of AIR for the north-eastern zone formally took over the required land a week back, and said that though it would be an FM station, limited studio facilities would also be provided. THE SENTINEL

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