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Odisha seeks two more Doppler weather radars for real-time forecast

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has once again urged Union Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan for setting up of two more Doppler weather radars in the state.

Patnaik wrote a letter to Dr Vardhan today in which he sought the latter’s intervention in installation of the weather forecasting devices in Balasore and Sambalpur which are hanging fire since last 11 years.

“I once again request you to kindly intervene in the matter and issue appropriate instructions for procurement and installation of radars at Balasore and Sambalpur at the earliest,” Patnaik said in the letter.

It may be mentioned here that Centre had approved installation of four real-time weather forecasting systems in the state in 2006 of which two – Gopalpur and Paradeep – were made operational. However, the stations at Balasore and Sambalpur never saw the light of the day.

These two stations would help, among others, tracking of local storms/thunderstorms in the Northern and Western parts of the state and providing of near real-time forecast to save many a lives, Patnaik added.

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