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
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
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.