North East-focussed channel DD Arunaprabha inaugurated by PM Modi

MUMBAI: DD Arunaprabha, the 24th satellite channel from public broadcaster Doordarshan’s stable, has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The North East India focussed channel will showcase the rich tradition and diversity of local culture.

Not only will it help integrate North-East with the country, but will also bring alive the magnificence of North-East by airing content sensitive to the needs and aspirations of local population including news, travelogues, mythological shows, documentaries, magazines, telefilms, reality shows, and daily shows.

The playout facility and the earth stations established at DDK Itanagar will ensure seamless transmission of DD Arunprabha. It is equipped with state of the art facilities, including a Digital Satellite News Gathering unit to provide live coverage from remote locations, for a 24×7 telecast.

Modi expressed hope that the channel will act as an ambassador of the culture of the state and will familiarize people across India with the beauty and the culture of the State.

He also laid the foundation stone of Film and Television Institute (FTI) and several other projects in the state. Talking about the Film and Television Institute to be developed in Jollang-Rakap (Jote), he said that it will not only give new avenues and opportunities to the youngsters but will also be a boost for the expression of the culture of the State.

The permanent campus of Film and Television Institute will come up at Jote, Papum Pare, Arunachal Pradesh. This is the third Film and Television Institute of Ministry of I&B, the first two being FTII Pune and SRFTI Kolkata. It is the first Film and Television Institute of entire North-East.

The project, to be constructed at around 20 km from Itanagar, has been approved for construction at a total estimated cost of Rs. 204.32 crore. To be executed by CPWD, it is expected that the project will be completed in 25 months’ time.

It will have an integrated campus comprising of Administrative Block, Class Room Block, Class Room Theatre, Academic Staff Block, Library, Preview Theatre, Mini Theatre, Shooting Floor, Digital Block, Sound Studio, Canteen and Recreation, Residential Quarters, Boys Hostel, Girls Hostel, Transit Accommodation and Guest House with other supportive structures like Electrical Sub-station, Pump-room, Sump, Filtration Plant, Sewerage Treatment Plant etc.

The campus will be constructed with organic design philosophy, ensuring minimum disturbance to natural topography. National Building Code 2016 Norms, Accessible India Campaign Features, and other statutory norms will be followed in construction. It will be a state of the art modern campus with several Green Features including Sewage Treatment Plant of 150 kilometres per day capacity to ensure a zero discharge building, 300 KW solar panels, energy efficient air conditioning plants, street lighting with LED lamps, rainwater harvesting, energy efficient light fixtures with sensors etc.