Private FM players will have to pay up the licence fee by tomorrow with the Government ruling out any extension of the deadline.
The reason, according to the operators, is that Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd (Becil) would require at least six months to complete putting the joint infrastructure in place.
According to the guidelines for FM radio, operators were supposed to co-locate their broadcasting infrastructure. Since a common infrastructure could not be put in place, they had asked the Government to allow them to put up temporary facilities, which it has denied.
The private operators have to cough up Rs 7 crore each as licence fee for the Delhi and Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore each for Chennai and Kolkata respectively.
The companies that have got licenses for these cities are Radio Mid-Day, Radio Today, Millennium Broadcast, Sun TV and Time Group's Entertainment Network India Ltd.