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Odisha’s Lone Doppler Weather Radar Turned Defunct

The meteorology authorities in Odisha are in a spot of bother with the state’s lone Doppler weather Radar (DWR) turning dysfunctional for almost a month following system crash.

DWR has turned dysfunctional since August 1 due to technical snags. We have apprised the Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) for activation of the defunct radar, said IMD Odisha head, Sarat Kumar Sahu.

We are facing hindrances in the localised advance weather warning system. For the weather forecast we are now depending on the IMD stations in Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam. Besides we are also relying on satellite imageries, he said.      

On November 21, 2015, Odisha’s first Doppler Weather Radar was commissioned in Paradip, resulting in manifold upgrading of advance weather forecast mechanism.   

Though the DWR had been effectively functioning in issuing foolproof weather alert, recurring technical snag has led to the 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 is being reported from time to time. The system crash was reported on august 1 and it has been continuing for almost a month, said IMD sources

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 DWR 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 Radarat Paradip shortly to accord final clearance to the DWR, sources added.       

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. 

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.  


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