Odisha’s lone Doppler weather Radar (DWR)
is hit by periodic breakdown, posing much hindrances in accurate weather
prediction in natural calamity-prone coastal state.
Following the commissioning of Odisha’s
first Doppler Weather Radar in Paradip on November 21, 2015, the DRW has
developed snags on several occasions forcing the meteorological authorities to
depend on DWR at neighbouring Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh for weather
Though Radar is effectively functioning in
issuing foolproof weather alert, recurring technical snag has led to temporary
breakdown of the weather forecast system.
The DWR worth Rs 29 crore was installed at
strategic coastal location of Paradip. The breakdown of the system has been
reported from time to time. The system crash however has been for temporary
period. The Indian Meteorological Department has been appraised of recurring
technical hitches, said IMD Odisha head, Sarat Kumar Sahu.
It’s pertinent to note here that the
minister of state for earth sciences in response to a question in Rajya Sabha
recently admitted temporary dysfunctional state of four DWRs spread across the
country that included the installed Radar at Paradip.
The temporary breakdown has now become
much of a problem as we are receiving advance weather updates from neighbouring
Vishakapatnam DWR. Besides breakdown period hardly lasts for a day, IMD Odisha
chief Sahu said.
The commissioning of Paradip Doppler
radar has gone a long way in issuing foolproof weather alert. Since its
commission in 2015 year, it continues to generate perfect weather data
especially with regard to advance information about cyclones, storms, excessive
rainfall, thunderstorms, hailstorm and cloudbursts, IMD officials said.
An IMD official however confided the
Paradip DWR faces a technical impediment as it is still running without defence
clearance. As DW R installed at Paradip is manufactured by a Chinese farm, the
union ministry of defence had earlier expressed reservation on the Radar built
by the hostile neighbour from security viewpoint, the official sources said.
Defence experts are expected to inspect
the Radar at Paradip shortly to accord final clearance to the DWR, sources
As Odisha is often exposed to the vagaries
of nature’s fury, three more DWRs are getting readied for commissioning in
Gopalpur, Sambalpur and Balashore .
The DWR at Gopalpur is expected to be
commissioned very shortly. Construction and Radar installation exercise has
already come to an end. The DWR would begin its operation after Rs 20 lakh cost
the lightning arrester is installed at the station.
construction work of DWR building has almost come to an end in Sambalpur and
Balasore. Once the Doppler Radars are dispatched to us by the union government,
the stations would be commissioned. All these DWRs are equipped to monitor
weather condition up to 500 km aerial distances. However these are capable of
cyclone forecast in an aerial range of 250 KM distance, said IMD Odisha head,