ISLAMABAD : Japan is extending technical and financial assistance to Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation for rehabilitation of its Faqirabad (Lawrencepur) transmitter. A contract to this effect was signed in Tokyo between Director General, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, Mrs. Samina Parvez Khalid and GM of International Cooperation Department of Mitsubishi Corporation, said a press statement issued here.  The project will be completed at a cost of over 1.3b Japanese Yen by August next year.

The project envisages the replacement of old medium wave transmitter with two most modern 250KW medium waves transmitters and also revamping of five studios and master control at National Broadcasting House, Islamabad. The objective of the project is to rehabilitate medium wave services of Radio Pakistan Islamabad.

Under an agreement signed in December last year, JICA will provide 1.385 billion Japanese Yen as grant aid for the project.

Speaking on the occasion Director General, Mrs. Samina Parvez Khalid said installation of the transmitter with latest state of the art Japanese technology would enhance Radio Pakistan’s transmission quality and reach. Its programmes will be clearly listened in Afghanistan including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan.

She said that Mitsubishi Corporation is playing an important role in bringing the people of the two countries together.