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Doppler Radar Will be Installed in Various Religious Travel Routes



Doppler radar will be installed in various religious travel routes

Doppler radar will be installed in various religious travel routes

Having taken lessons from the devastation during the Kedarnath yatra, the government has decided to give accurate weather information to all the pilgrims during religious visits. Under this, Doppler radars will be installed in all major travel routes. These routes include Char Dham Yatra, Amarnath Yatra and Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Route. The next time these trips will take place, the pilgrims will have accurate information about the weather beforehand. Director of the Meteorological Department Dr. K. J. Ramesh said that for the forecast of weather in Chardham Yatra i.e. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, Doppler radar will be installed in Auli. With the help of this radar, accurate weather forecast will be done for all four routes. Similarly, Doppler radar will be set up in Pithoragarh to monitor Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. With the help of this radar, accurate forecasting about the entire route of travel can be made in the Indian region.

Mobile Doppler radar for Amarnath Yatra

Similarly, a Mobile Doppler Radar has been approved for Amarnath Yatra. During this visit, this radar will be taken there in the vehicle and during the journey; accurate information will be provided with the help of this radar. Actually, it is not possible to cover the entire path by putting the radar at one place on this route.

Radar will help to get pre-disaster information

The above three religious routes are important for the country. Millions of people visit this pilgrimage every year. Due to bad weather, rain and other weather conditions there is a lot of catastrophe in these routes, many times the roads are closed. But with the help of Doppler radar, it is possible to assess heavy rains, cloud bursts, three to six hours before and so much time is enough for people to be careful.

11 Radars will be setup in 3 Hilly states

Dr. Ramesh said that the entire state will also get benefit from the radar along with the travel routes. He said that apart from Auli and Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, two more radars will also be set up in Mussoorie and Nainital. Similarly, in Himachal Pradesh, three radars will be located in Shimla, Bhuntar and Dalhousie. There are also plans to install three radars in Jammu, Leh and Kupwara. The orders for their purchase have been given and they will start doing this work in the next six months.

Expansion will be done in the plains and northeast States

The weather department will set up 11 more radar in the next phase at other plains states of the country.  After this, 10 radars will be installed in the northeast in the third phase. The Meteorological Department currently operates 26 Doppler radars, whose data is directly found in the Weather Building Delhi. On completion of the three phases, the department will have a good network of radars in the country and it will be possible to make the weather forecast more precise.

One radar covers around 250km area

The range of radars in the mountainous region will be hundred kilometres. However, the range of radar in the plains is up to 250 km. The radars of coastal areas are more powerful. The cost of radars in the mountainous region are of three million, while in plain areas it costs around 6 crore and 8 crore in coastal areas.

Advantage of radar

  • During the religious tour throughout the year millions of people will be protected from weather related disasters.
  • Farmers will also get benefit in the area, they will be able to cultivate on the basis of accurate forecasts of the weather.
  • Data from Doppler radar will also be helpful for security and disaster establishments.


Published Date: December 21, 2018

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