GUWAHATI, April 8 - In a piquant development, the brass conductor pipes of the All India Radio (AIR), Guwahati-A Station�s transmission tower located in Jalukbari Satmile area here, were stolen last night.
This resulted in disruption of the AIR Guwahati-A programme during the morning and day hours today.
According to AIR Guwahati authorities, the burglars entered the AIR Jalukbari campus by scaling the boundary wall and then broke open the door of the room where the 100-kw Medium Wave Guwahati-A transmitter is located. The brass conductor pipes thus stolen are worth around Rs 10,000, sources said.
An FIR has been lodged with the Jalukbari Police Station in this connection, sources said.
Knowledgeable circles here said the incident might have been the first case of disruption of its programme transmission in the history of the AIR Guwahati.
However, the transmitter, which operates with the help of valves, is an outdated one. The radio transmitter equipment manufacturers are not producing the parts of this transmitter. This has made the transmitter an obsolete one and hence it needs to be replaced with a modern one.
Moreover, this transmitter has got its radial transmission area abnormally reduced because of its old equipment. It also does not have an FM mode support because of some administrative lapses. FM mode support has become a necessity nowadays for radio transmission.