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Posted at: Apr 18, 2017, 1:08 AM; last updated: Apr 18, 2017, 1:08 AM (IST)

Mooted years ago, Doppler radars proposal still on paper

Non-availability of land delays setting up of radars

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, April 17

The proposal to establish Doppler radars in Nainital, Pithoragarh and Dehradun is still far from being a reality. The non-availability of land that meets the specifications required for the setting up of Doppler radars is one of the reasons for the delay.

While the Department of Disaster Management has identified land in Pithoragarh and Nainital, the land sighted for the Doppler radar in Mussoorie (Dehradun) is in the possession of the Department of Tourism. So far, the Department of Tourism has not given the go-ahead for the land.

“There has been delay as the IMD is yet to finalise the sites, though we had earlier proposed to include the setting up of these radars in the programme being supported by the World Bank but the IMD insisted on establishing the systems,” said Amit Negi, Secretary, Disaster Management Department.

The hi-tech Doppler weather radars in Uttarakhand are expected to provide early alerts about cloud bursts and heavy rain in the higher reaches of the state.

Though the proposal for Doppler radars was mooted several years ago, it was sanctioned only in 2013 by the Central Government. The Centre entrusted the task to the Department of Earth Sciences and the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) for improving forecast of extreme weather conditions.

Officials in the Department of Disaster Management say the big Doppler radars, proposed by the IMD, require sites that are free of obstructions and clutter.

While it will be some time when the Doppler radars will be installed and become operational, the efforts to strength the weather forecasting system through the installation of compact radars is also on the anvil.

The IMD has proposed the setting up of a micro-rain radar and compact radars for which sites at Dinapani in Almora district and at Surkanda Devi in Tehri district have been selected. All these efforts are aimed at providing improved forecasting in extreme weather conditions but delays continues to be a cause for concern.

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