Entire Nation To Have Access To Doppler Weather Radar By 2025
IMD was praised for its risk-based alerts and impact-based weather predictions at the city and district levels that take into account risk, vulnerability, and hazard assessment in a geospatial platform.
NEW DELHI: Union minister Jitendra Singh has stated that the Doppler weather radar network will cover the entire nation by 2025 in order to provide more precise forecasts for extreme weather events.
Singh talked about the proactive measures made to expand the network since 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government was elected to power, in his remarks at an event commemorating the 148th founding day of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Singh turned on 200 agro-automated weather stations and four Doppler weather radar systems in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jammu & Kashmir. By 2025, the government hopes to have 660 district agro-meteorological units established.
According to Singh, the number of fatalities brought on by cyclones and heat waves has been reduced to single or double digits as a result of the public's and disaster managers' quick actions taken in accordance with the National Disaster Management Plans, guidelines, and SOPs the current government instituted.
Singh praised the IMD for its risk-based alerts and impact-based weather predictions at the city and district levels that take into account risk, vulnerability, and hazard assessment in a geospatial platform.
IMD director Mrutyunjay Mohapatra claimed that in the previous five years, their forecasting of extreme weather, such as torrential rain, thunderstorms, fog, and cold waves, had improved by 40–50%. In order to remove ambiguities in rainfall projections, he continued, the IMD intends to improve the current Doppler radars.
According to Mohapatra, Mumbai's flood warning system, which was implemented in July 2020, has improved the city's ability to manage significant rainfall events and flooding.
Based on the statement, "A similar system has also been adopted in Chennai and is being extended to Kolkata, Guwahati, and Delhi in the coming years since the flash floods and urban floods in recent years have created new concerns."