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Yogi govt to install four Doppler radars for disaster monitoring in UP

  • MoU signed between IMD and the Relief Commissioner’s Office in Delhi
  • Radars to provide advance warning of sudden disasters

Lucknow . Taking a significant stride towards minimizing the impact of disasters on both life and property, an MoU was signed on Friday between the Relief Commissioner’s Office and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Delhi, under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, aiming to install four Doppler radars in UP.

This initiative aims to provide accurate information about upcoming natural disasters in the state, enabling the government to issue timely alerts and facilitate effective disaster management measures.

Principal Secretary Revenue P. Guru Prasad informed, “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is spearheading crucial initiatives to mitigate the impact of natural disasters in the state. Under his guidance, an MoU has been inked to install Doppler radars in the disaster-prone districts.”

Relief Commissioner GS Naveen highlighted that to provide timely alerts to the state’s residents regarding weather conditions such as floods, lightning, and heavy rainfall, an agreement has been signed with the India Meteorological Department to install Doppler radars. “Until now, the state had only one Doppler radar, and with the installation of four more, the total count will reach five,” he stated.


Dr Mritunjay Mahapatra, Director General of IMD, emphasized, “Given Uttar Pradesh’s expansive size and susceptibility to heavy rainfall, lightning, hailstorms, and hurricanes, the deployment of four Doppler radars will be instrumental in managing these situations effectively.”

He praised the efforts of the Yogi government and the department, stating that this step demonstrates the government’s sensitivity towards handling disasters. Mahapatra congratulated the Yogi government and the Relief Commissioner’s Office for their initiatives.

IMD Director General Dr Mrityunjay Mahapatra and Relief Commissioner GS Naveen were present during the signing of the MoU.

The benefits of the Doppler radars are as follows:

* It will provide real-time information on rainfall, cloud movement, thunder, and lightning.

* Provide accurate information about weather changes within a surrounding area of 400 kilometres.

* Utilizing the Doppler effect, it is also able to capture extremely subtle waves.

* Can easily identify the direction of microscopic waves.

* Along with identifying microscopic water droplets floating in the air, it also detects their direction.

* Updates the size and speed of water droplets every minute.

* The data obtained from Doppler weather radar is so accurate that it makes it quite easy to predict whether there will be normal rainfall, an approaching thunderstorm or a storm.

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