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
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
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