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Doppler Radar Develops Technical Snag in Gopalpur; IMD seeks ISRO’s Help

The commissioning of the much-awaited Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) station in Gopalpur is pegged for further delay with the radar installed the newly built station developing major technical snag.

As Ganjam is often exposed to the vagaries of nature’s fury, the DWR at Gopalpur was being readied for commissioning within a month span. But the commissioning is destined to be delayed as the radar was found marred by technical complicacy.

The Radar procured from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been successful put under trial run last week. It was effectively releasing weather forecast. However all on a sudden, it has become inoperative, said IMD Odisha head, Sarat Kumar Sahu.  

The ISRO authorities have been apprised of the technical snag of the radar. We are expecting ISRO experts’ arrival shortly. So the commissioning of the DWR will be delayed following factor beyond our control, he said.   

Three more DWRs are getting readied for commissioning in Gopalpur, Sambalpur and Balashore.

Meanwhile the construction work of DWR building has 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.

The DWRs including that in Gopalpur 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, Sahu.    

At present, DWR is successfully functioning in Paradip port town. On November 21, 2015, Odisha’s first Doppler Weather Radar was commissioned in Paradip, resulting in manifold upgrading of advance weather forecast mechanism.

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.

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