Bhubaneswar,November 21: Odisha today launched its first Doppler radar station in Paradip by additional principal secretary PK Mishra, in the presence of IMD director general LS Rathore and Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is launching 17th Doppler radar station in India on Saturday. This will enable the MET department to predict any kind of disturbance with in 500 km in the Bay of Bengal.
The first of its kind radar station in the state will help forcast cyclonic storms, excessive rainfall, thunderstorms and hailstorms with greater accuracy, said MET director Sarat Sahu.
IMD has already installed Doppler radars at Agartala, Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Machilipatnam, Mohanbari in Dibrugarh, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patiala, Patna, Srinagar and Visakhapatnam. The Pradip Doppler radar station will be 17th in the country.
The radar at a cost of Rs 30 crores has been built in a joint collarboration with China and set up by Chinese scientists, here.