By: Alokesh Gupta 09 Dec 09 19:00 IST
Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated newly commissioned 1000 kilowatt medium wave transmitter of Bangladesh Betar set up at a cost of more than 35 crore taka at Dhamrai today. This new solid-state 1000 kW medium wave (MW) transmitter replaces the 36 year old valve type 1000 kW MW transmitter. The new transmitter is compatible for DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) broadcasts in future. The new transmitter of super power transmitting station at Dhamrai, Dhaka is the heart of the Bangladesh Betar & is used to broadcast radio programmes covering 95% area of the country. It broadcasts centrally produced radio programmes and plays an important role during natural disaster.
Bangladesh Betar Dhaka Station broadcasted the inaugural function live while Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Rangpur and Sylhet regional stations of Bangladesh Betar relayed the proceedings simultaneously. The superpower transmitter was originally commissioned on an area of 63 acres of land at Dhamrai with the assistance of the then Soviet Union government at the interest and direction of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1972. The broadcasting formally began on 16th may in 1976.