IMD to Set up Weather Stations in 660 Districts by 2019

Posted on:30 Jan 2017 09:09:31
IMD to Set up Weather Stations in 660 Districts by 2019
30 January 2017 Current Affairs: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has decided to set up weather stations in 660 districts of the country, a plan which will be further taken up to the blocks level.

In the first phase, the IMD plans to set up the system in 130 districts which have already been shortlisted.

The IMD has also tied up with the Ministry of Agriculture to use the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the districts, to use them as weather forecasting observatories.

Every centre in a district will cost nearly Rs 10 lakh for salary and upkeep of infrastructure. Apart from it, the IMD will also spend Rs 3-4 lakh for setting up automatic weather stations which can measure temperature, wind velocity humidity and rains.

The IMD will also start giving state-specific weather forecasts from this year.

It currently gives region-specific weather forecasts namely for the southern peninsula, north-west, central and northeast regions during monsoons.

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