Amit Kumar, Jammu
Published by: Dushyant Sharma
Updated Thu, 10 Jun 2021 04:06 AM IS
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Getting important information like heavy rain, storm, landslide, flood, cloudburst in advance will help in strengthening emergency management. This radar will cover Kashmir Valley along with Chenab Valley, which will also cover some part of Jammu division. With this, state-of-the-art Doppler radar has been started on trial in the office premises of Meteorological Center at Bantalab, Jammu.
With the introduction of three Doppler radar systems in Jammu and Kashmir, Amarnath pilgrims along with Vaishno Devi will also be able to get accurate weather information ahead of time. So that they can make their journey easy. The radar system installed in Jammu would be capable of providing early weather information of low-lying areas of all the ten districts of Jammu division. However, due to signal week in high mountainous areas, such information will be less available.
In a typical cloud burst, more than 100 mm of rain falls in an hour, causing huge loss of life and property due to sudden surge in river channels due to lack of weather information. The loss of life and property can be minimized by getting such advance information from radar.
Weather forecast for the next 24 hours is issued by the existing Meteorological Center Srinagar, but there is no arrangement for any emergency warning two to three hours in advance. Jammu division does not have No Cast Warning (NCW) system for the existing ten districts. After the severe floods in the year 2014, a Toshiba, Japan-made state-of-the-art radar worth crores of rupees was installed at top altitude in Srinagar.
Meteorological emergency management will be strengthened: Director
Director of Meteorological Center Srinagar Sonam Lotus said that after Srinagar and Jammu, state-of-the-art Doppler radar is also being installed in Banihal. With the installation of three radar systems in Jammu and Kashmir, meteorological emergency management will be strengthened. Materials are being procured for Banihal radar.