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Centre yet to decide on DWR facility at Balasore to predict storm surge




 Even though the Probable Maximum Storm Surge (PMSS) is the highest on the Balasore coast and the area is cyclone prone, the Union Government is still undecided over setting up of a Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) Station at Balasore causing concern for the State government.

The State Government is worried over this development as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that PMSS is highest 11 Meters on Balasore Coast.

As DWR assumes significance on the Balasore Coast, the IMD allowed construction of DWR Building at Balasore along with Sambalpur, said sources adding, the buildings at Sambalpur and Balasore are nearly complete excepting for the top floor of the five story structures.

While procurement of Radar has been included in the Annual Plan of IMD, purchase decision of DWR has not been taken for Balasore, revealed officials.

Sources said that absence of clearance from DRDO is stopping the Earth System Science Organization (ESSO), which is the procurement organization of DWRs.

The State with 480-km-long coastline is prone to cyclones. While the 1999 Super Cyclone had its landfall near Paradip, Phailin hit the coast near Gopalpur in 2013.

With the DWR station now in operation at Paradip, advance and more accurate information on cyclones or storms can be made available for managing disasters, said an IMD Official. DWR Paradeep is now sending Real Time Data every 10 minutes updated in IMD Website (www.imd.gov.in). The sources said it was later decided to set up DWRs in Gopalpur, Sambalpur and Balasore.

While the DWR is already installed at Gopalpur, it needs some modification of Software and ISRO has assured to start operation shortly, said the sources.

The operation at Sambalpur is expected this year as the procurement of DWR has been decided, the sources said adding, without DRDO clearance it will be impossible for authorities to set up a Radar Station at Balasore.

According to the sources, Manual Meteorological Observatory (MMO) are located  at 15 District Head Quarters (HQ) and IMD has agreed to equip the remaining 15 District HQs with such facility.

Procurement of equipment is under process for Khurda, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Boudh, Bargarh, Deogarh, Rayagada, Nuapada and Nabarangpur districts, the sources said. The IMD has also installed at least 177 Automatic Rain Gauge (ARG)s and 37 Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) across the State.

However, only 50 ARGs are now in operation as the others have gone defunct and require maintenance, they added. It is understood that the IMD will reinstall 177 ARGs and accordingly making arrangements, said the sources. The State Government has urged the IMD to install ARGs in all the 314 blocks of the State, they added.






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