India may soon have a dedicated weather channel: Met official

January 14th, 2009 - 7:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) India may soon get its own dedicated weather channel, said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Wednesday. “We are keen to have a dedicated TV channel for improving the public weather service. The discussions are going on and we have received a good response from private players also,” IMD Director General Ajit Tyagi told reporters here.

“We are open to all the options for establishing a channel. Hopefully this year we will decide over its ultimate shape,” he said.

He said IMD has recently developed a technique to forecast rainfall, temperature, wind, cloud amount and humidity in various districts. “This is very useful for issuing district-wise agro-meteorological advisories for the benefit of farming community of the country,” he added.

Tyagi said the equipments, computing facilities, technology and other services have been modernised.

“A real time seismic monitoring system has also been established for providing information to the Tsunami Warning Centre.”

He said the World Meteorological Organisation appreciated timely and accurate warnings issued by the IMD for the severe cyclonic storm Nargis which hit Myanmar last year.

“IMD has also envisaged a dedicated meso-network to meet the requirements of Commonwealth Games 2010,” he said.

IMD will celebrate its 134th foundation day Thursday.

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