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Government of India
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
20-June-2016 20:14 IST
Ministry of I&B issues Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for e-auction of 266 Private FM Radio Channels in 92 Cities in Second Batch of FM Phase III

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India today issued the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for e-auction of 266 FM Radio channels in 92 cities in the second batch of Private FM Phase III. The second batch consists of 227 channels in 69 new cities besides 39 channels in 23 existing cities. Out of 69 new cities taken up for auction in the second batch, 20 cities with 80 channels are having population of 3-10 lakh , 38 cities with 114 channels are having population of 1-3 lakh whereas 11 cities in border areas of Jammu & Kashmir and North Eastern states with population upto one lakh having 33 channels have also been included.

The Notice comprises the eligibility criteria, application procedures, reserve prices of channels, frequencies available for selection, auction rules, etc. and is aimed at inviting applications from the interested companies for participation in the forthcoming auction. Applications are required to be submitted latest by 5.00 PM on 1st August, 2016. Based on the Applications, the Government shall pre-qualify Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for participation in the auction.

The issuance of NIA for the second batch under Private FM Phase III will further the process of expansion of FM Radio broadcasting services through private agencies (Phase-III) that began with the notification of FM Phase III Policy guidelines dated 25.07.2011, read with its modified paragraph 31 dated 21.01.2015, and moved forward with the e-auction of the first batch of FM Phase III. E-auction of first batch, which commenced on 27th July 2015 and got over on 9th September 2015 resulting in selling of 91 channels in 54 cities. It also paved the way for migration (renewal) of 181 Phase II licenses to Phase III.

The first batch comprised vacant channels in existing cities only i.e. the cities where private FM operators were already present, hence the operationalization of channels in new cities taken up in the second batch will lead to actual geographical expansion of Private FM radio.

Amongst the 266 channels on offer, special incentives are being provided to 36 channels in 14 cities in J&K and North Eastern states.  By this, the FM Phase III policy exudes the Government’s thrust for concerted development of the North Eastern states and J&K. It provides much needed support to the FM radio broadcasting services in cities of North Eastern part of India as in the cities of Jammu & Kashmir and Island territories, with provision of annual fee of the channels in these areas at half the rates for first three years, besides provision of Prasar Bharati Infrastructure at half the lease rentals.

List of Cities alongwith number of Private FM Radio Channels put for e-auction in the second batch of FM Phase III is as under:

                                              

 

List of FM Channels put on Bid in the Second Batch of Phase-III of Private FM Radio Broadcasting

S.No.

Name of City

State

Region

No of Channels for auction

Category “A”     (Cities with Population above 20 lakh)

1

Hyderabad

Telangana

S

1

                                                                                             Sub Total

1

Category “B” (Cities with Population above 10 lakh and up to 20 Lakh)

2

Asansol

West Bengal

E

2

3

Vijayawada

Andhra Pradesh

S

2

            Sub Total

4

Category “C” (Cities with Population above 3 lakh and up to 10 Lakh)

4

Akola

Maharashtra

W

1

5

Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Kerala

S

4

6

Amravati

Maharashtra

W

4

7

Belgaum

Karnataka

S

4

8

Bellary

Karnataka

S

4

9

Bhavnagar

Gujarat

W

4

10

Dehradun

Uttarakhand

N

4

11

Devengeri

Karnataka

S

4

12

Dhule

Maharashtra

W

2

13

Erode

Tamil Nadu

S

4

14

Gulbarga

Karnataka

S

3

15

Hubli-Dharwad

Karnataka

S

4

16

Jamnagar

Gujarat

W

4

17

Jhansi

Uttar Pradesh

N

2

18

Kakinada

Andhra Pradesh

S

4

19

Kurnool

Andhra Pradesh

S

4

20

Malegaon

Maharashtra

W

4

21

Mangaluru

Karnataka

S

1

22

Muzaffarpur

Bihar

E

1

23

Muzaffarnagar

Uttar Pradesh

N

4

24

Mysuru

Karnataka

S

2

25

Nanded

Maharashtra

W

2

26

Nellore

Andhra Pradesh

S

4

27

Puducherry

Puducherry(UT)

S

1

28

Rajahmundry

Andhra Pradesh

S

3

29

Saharanpur

Uttar Pradesh

N

4

30

Salem

Tamil Nadu

S

4

31

Sangli

Maharashtra

W

1

32

Shahjahanpur

Uttar Pradesh

N

4

33

Siliguri

West Bangal

E

1

34

Tiruchy

Tamil Nadu

S

2

35

Tirunelveli

Tamil Nadu

S

2

36

Tirupati

Andhra Pradesh

S

2

37

Tuticorin

Tamil Nadu

S

2

38

Ujjain

Madhya Pradesh

W

4

39

Vellore

Tamil nadu

S

4

40

Warangal

Telangana

S

3

  Sub Total

111

Category “D” (Cities with Population above 1 lakh and up to 3 Lakh)

41

Achalpur

Maharashtra

W

3

42

Agartala

Tripura

E

1

43

Aizwal

Mizoram

E

1

44

Barshi

Maharashtra

W

3

45

Bharuch

Gujarat

W

3

46

Botad

Gujarat

W

3

47

Burhanpur

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

48

Chhattarpur

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

49

Chhindwara

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

50

Damoh

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

51

Dahod

Gujarat

W

3

52

Durg-Bhillainagar

Chhatisgarh

W

3

53

Godhra

Gujarat

W

3

54

Gondiya

Maharashtra

W

3

55

Guna

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

56

Itanagar

Arunachal Pradesh

E

1

57

Itarsi

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

58

Jagdalpur

Chhatisgarh

W

3

59

Jetpur Navagadh

Gujarat

W

3

60

Junagadh

Gujarat

W

3

61

Khandwa

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

62

Khargone

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

63

Korba

Chhatisgarh

W

3

64

Mehsana

Gujarat

W

3

65

Mandsaur

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

66

Murwara (Katni)

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

67

Neemuch

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

68

Palanpur

Gujarat

W

3

69

Patan

Gujarat

W

3

70

Porbandar

Gujarat

W

3

71

Raigarh

Chhatisgarh

W

3

72

Ratlam

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

73

Rewa

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

74

Satna

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

75

Shivpuri

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

76

Singrauli

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

77

Surendranagar Dudhrej

Gujarat

W

3

78

Veraval

Gujarat

W

3

79

Vidisha

Madhya Pradesh

W

3

80

Wardha

Maharashtra

W

3

81

Yavatmal

Maharashtra

W

3

                                              Sub Total

117

Cities with a population upto 1 lakh in Border Areas of J & K and NE states

82

Kargil

J & K

N

3

83

Leh

J & K

N

3

84

Kathua

J & K

N

3

85

Poonch

J & K

N

3

86

Bhaderwah

J & K

N

3

87

Dhubri

Assam

E

3

88

Haflong

Assam

E

3

89

Jowai

Meghalaya

E

3

90

Lung-lei

Mizoram

E

3

91

Mokukchung

Nagaland

E

3

92

Belonia

Tripura

E

3

Sub total

 

33

GRAND TOTAL

266

 

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