India to have world's best Met services system by 2013

By siliconindia   |   Wednesday, 19 September 2007, 07:00 Hrs
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Thiruvananthapuram: According to Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, a Rs 900-crore package for modernizing and restructuring the country's meteorology services is ready for the Cabinet clearance, reported BusinessLine.

"The ultimate aim is to give to this country by year 2013, the most modern Met system anywhere in the world," says Sibal. The policy will have set the stage for theses services to take off in a big way.

Drawing an analogy, he said this is a milestone being pursued with a zeal that has marked the events leading to the proposed launch of the country's Tsunami warning facility at INCOIS (Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services) in Hyderabad on October 15.

The Government has proposed to collaborate with the State Met agency of France, which will help establish connectivity among our instrumentation systems. The inter-operability of data collected through this instrumentation will help in the interpretation of the same in a language that the public is able to comprehend.

A new Met policy that is in the draft stage of preparation, aims to achieve digitization of the Met department. It needs over 50 Doppler radars, 4,000 automatic rain gauges, 1,200 automatic weather stations, a network of wind profilers, and their real time connectivity. As a part of this initiative, a 24x7 weather channel will be launched to provide public and users best possible weather inputs in real time.

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