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Japan to upgrade technical facilities of Radio Pakistan

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will install a state-of-the-art 500kW mediumwave transmitter at Faqir Abad in Attock district [in Punjab Province], establish five modern studios, and replace master control room at Radio Pakistan Islamabad.

An agreement to this effect was signed between JICA senior representative in Pakistan, Toshiya Sato, and Radio Pakistan Director-General Murtaza Solangi this week. Under the agreement, the Japan government will provide 1,384m yen as grant aid, while Pakistan government will contribute 89m rupees for the project.

The project is part of “Rehabilitation of Radio Pakistan medium wave transmitting network for the improvement in education, health, information, and enlightenment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, FATA [Federally Administered Tribal Areas], Gilgit-Baltistan, and parts of Punjab Province under Japanese grant aid.”

Speaking on the occasion, JICA senior representative said the survey for the project was started in July 2010 and the project will be completed in 16 months after the work starts in August this year.