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[HCDX] Bangladesh to launch radio channel on traffic movements:-
Bangladesh to launch radio channel on traffic movements:-
State-owned Bangladesh Betar has announced plans to launch a Frequency
Modulation (FM) band channel soon to disseminate information on traffic
congestions in Dhaka, keeping in mind that the country's capital is getting
overburdened with multi-modal vehicles.
After its formal launching on May 26, the new channel on 103.2 KHz, would
initially promote public awareness on the duties and rights of pedestrians
and drivers through its programme. Later, it would air programmes on
vehicular movements on prime city thoroughfares, Bangladesh Betar officials
said on Thursday.
The Information Minister, Shamsul Islam, and the Communication Minister,
Barrister Nazmul Huda, are due to open the radio channel formally on May 26,
said Nazmul Ahsan, the Director-General of Bangladesh Betar.
Senior Betar officials had a meeting Thursday with officials of the Dhaka
Metropolitan Police, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC),
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), Road Safety Council and
representatives from the ministries concerned to sort out how they can make
the proposed programme useful for the general masses.
The Betar DG said the channel has already started airing test programmes on
the designated frequency. The channel would run seven and half hours
programme a day in two shifts-morning and afternoon.
Its programmes would be loaded with information on road congestion, road
accidents, traffic rules, safety measures, duties of drivers, passengers and
pedestrians, he added.
The project will cost at least Taka two crore which includes infrastructure
development and procurement of instruments for new studios, but they still
run short of adequate fund.
But, the Betar officials decided to start the channel with the limited
'This is an ambitious drive. But we have decided to start it to raise
awareness among citizens', Nazmul told reportershere, adding that initially,
it may not be possible to come up with hourly-basis updates on traffic
movement as the city has limited alternative roads at this moment. But in
the long run,Betar would provide on the spot description of the vehicular
"Our objective is to inform and educate the listeners about their rights and
duties as drivers, passengers and pedestrians, and to make easier their
journey in the city," Nazmul said.
Via http://news.webindia123.com/ (edited)
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