Prasar Bharati offered to allow private FM broadcasters who have got licences to use its tower and land at Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai for transmission purposes. A draft of agreement with detailed terms and conditions will be given to FM operators on Monday. The offer was made during a meeting of I&B Minister Sushma Swaraj with broadcasters held yesterday.
Prasar Bharati will be charging licence fee of Rs 13.36 lakh per annum per broadcaster for use of its 175 metre tower both at Kolkata and Chennai, and Rs 25 lakh per annum per broadcaster for the 235-meter tower in Delhi.
Land of about 50 sq.m. per broadcasters would also be given at the rate of Rs 8,000 per sq.m. for construction of a building.
Prasar Bharati has also planned to charge Rs 1 lakh per annum per broadcaster as passage charges for use of its road and security. The licence fee for the tower would also be increased by 2.5 per cent per year.
According to Prasar Bharati the responsibility of installing equipment and getting all permissions and clearances from the local authority as may be required for construction of building, getting power supply and other things will be with private broadcasters.
Prasar Bharati would also provide technical specifications for all the common equipment to be procured by the broadcasters.
According to the industry sources, while each broadcaster would have to acquire a separate transmitter which may cost anywhere between Rs 60 and Rs 70 lakh, one common ‘combined’ equipment costing Rs 1.5 crore will be required by all.