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Missive to Centre for Doppler radars in disaster prone Odisha

Bhubaneswar, August 28, 2017: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday urged the Union Government for installation of installation of the Doppler weather radars at  Balasore  and Sambalpur at the earliest.

In 2006, the Central Government had decided to install four Doppler weather radars in the disaster prone Odisha for tracking and monitoring of real-time weather forecasting. In the mean time, only two radars, one each at Paradip and Gopalpur, have been installed and made operational.

“This is regarding installation of four Doppler Weather Radars in the disaster prone State of Odisha for tracking and monitoring of real-time weather forecasting. The decision for such installation was taken by Government of India way back in the year 2006.  In the meantime, two radars, one each at Paradeep and GOpalpur, have been installed and made operational,” said CM Patnaik in a letter to Union Earth Sciences and Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan.

“I had sought your personal intervention for taking expeditious steps for procurement and installation of Radars at Balasore and Sambalpur.  But the   radars at these locations   are yet to be installed.  Doppler Radar Stations at these two stations would   help,   among   others,   tracking   of  local  storms  /  thunderstorms in  the northern   and  western  parts of the State and providing  of near real-time  forecast to save  many  a lives,” the CM added.

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