Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd (BECIL), which is responsible for building common transmission infrastructure (CTI) around various cities for the rollout of FM Phase II radio stations, has said that the infrastructure would be ready only by May 2007.
“The infrastructure is ready in three cities – Aligarh, Jammu and Srinagar. In all the 79 cities, infrastructure would be ready by May 2007,” BECIL Chairman KRP Verma told exchange4media.
Asked about the delay in CTI deployment, Verma, however, denied there was any delay. “There is absolutely no delay on our part. We have been given one year’s time for the deployment and we will finish by that time. Players started signing LoIs (Letters of Intent) from April, which ended by May. CTI is being deployed in a phased manner starting from the North region cities, which first signed LoIs with us.”
However, the Association of Radio Operators of India (AROI) said, “There has certainly been delay on the part of BECIL. We are not happy with the way work has progressed so far.”
CTI deployment includes antenna, combiner and RF cable, power supply, etc. It has to be installed on the Prasar Bharati infrastructure tower, land and building.