New Delhi, Jun 25 (PTI) Public broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) will soon launch an FM station in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, with an state-of-the-art studio. Also Read - Monsoon Session Day 2: Lok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities Bill to Raise Farmer Income, Boost Agri Sector | Highlights

A government official said Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu will launch the radio station in the next few days. Also Read - 'Jammu And Kashmir to Reopen For Tourism Soon', Says J&K Administration

The radio station will have a 10-KW FM transmitter which will offer good sound quality to listeners, he added. Also Read - COVID-19: Centre Announces Guidelines For Unlock 2, Lockdown Till July 31 in Containment Zones

The station will focus on generating local content and promoting the hill state’s culture and tradition.

It will run from a state-of-the-art studio and provide an opportunity to the local talent, the official said.

With the launch, the total number of radio stations in the state will go up to 24.

Currently, FM radio network covers 38.5 per cent of the state’s area and half of its population.

The official also said that digitalization of the existing studio in Almora district is in progress.

At present, AIR Almora and AIR Pauri (Garhwal) are two programme-originating stations in the state with Hindi as the main language.

The programmes that are aired promote local culture and traditions, highlight central and state government schemes, among other things.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.