SRINAGAR: An FM radio transmitter has been set up at Baltal on the Amarnath route, by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. The transmitter on 103.7 MHZ frequency has been set up on a request from the Culture Ministry, along with a studio at Baltal base camp, fro where the program “Amarnath Yatra” is generated.
The Pahalgam transmitter is also tuned to Baltal. The All India Radio (AIR) is transmitting regular services on crowd management, weather, health and other alerts, while devotional music is being provided by the Culture ministry. The program “Amarnath Yatra” is also made available on Delhi AIR service through a dedicated leased line and is also available through DTH service all over the country. The special transmission will be broadcast on All India Radio “AmarnathYatra” service from 7 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. will provide information to the pilgrims with regard to weather, security and other related arrangements daily till completion of the Yatra. It can be accessed by pilgrims even on basic mobile models.
The Ministry of Culture has curated and created devotional content for the Yatra, which includes mantras, shlokas and bhajans with contextual meaning on Shiva, Parvati and Ganesh. Leading music directors and singers have been roped in for this purpose. Archival content has been taken from the National Cultural Audiovisual Archives, under the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). The musical content is also available through the ‘Sangam App’ developed by the Culture Ministry as also ‘AIR Live’ Mobile App.
The devotional content would also be played by all the ‘Langars’ managed by Shree Amarnathjee Shrine Board, along both Yatra routes- the Baltal route and Pahalgam route.