Centre to invest 9.2 billion rupees for Indian Met Departments modernisation

December 13th, 2007 - 6:41 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave its approval for implementation of the modernization of observation and forecast facilities of India Meteorological Department (IMD) to improve the weather forecasting services at an estimated cost of 9.2 billion rupees.

The investment would be done in span of two years.

This would help the IMD for establishment of end-to-end forecasting system with demonstrative hardware as a part of Phase I, a government release said.

The modernization of IMD Phase-I would help in developing capability to manage, maintain and fulfil its mandate on a sustainable basis.

It would also help in dissemination of forecast products at district level, particularly for use by the farming community and for better planning, disaster management and agro advisories.

Apart from this the modernisation would also help in getting more tailor made applications for different sectors like civil aviation, tourism, agriculture, power generation and hydrological purposes.

The modernisation would also help in more accurate monitoring and warnings for severe weather events like thunderstorms, dust storms, heavy rainfall, Gale winds, hail heat waves and cold waves and would help in improving the monitoring of tropical cyclones and better prediction of their movement and rainfall, the release said. (ANI)

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