Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the Centre for expeditious installation of two Doppler radars at Sambalpur and Balasore at the earliest.
In a letter to Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister of Earth Sciences, Science and Technology, Patnaik raked up the issue of delay in setting up of the advanced weather systems at both the districts in State.
“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.
The advanced systems would play a crucial role in real time weather forecast, tracking of local storms, thunderstorms in Northern and Western pockets of Odisha.