Thiruvananthapuram: The transmission tower of Akashvani centre here collapsed due to strong winds, halting the broadcast for the first time in the history of the centre here.  

It will take more than three months to restore the tower. For the time being, the authorities have decided to resume broadcast to Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kanyakumari regions through the FM station.  

The transmission tower at Manvila in Sreekaryam collapsed in the strong wind on Friday. It was the Medium Wave Transmitter aerial which was destroyed in the incident. Regional news will be broadcast through Ananthapuri FM for now.

The transmission tower had a height of 122 meter and a transmission capacity of 20 Kilo Watts. The Thiruvananthapuram centre started broadcast on September 30 in 1937.