Monday, November 9, 2009

Storm Alert Capability Radar to be installed in the City next month

The first Doppler radar of the capital is due to be installed next month; a move that may ease weather worries of Delhites, especially during the Commonwealth Games next year. ‘‘The Doppler radar will be installed at Palam in December while another is expected to be placed at Mausam Bhavan around next July. Everything is going on as per the plans,’’ said Ajit Tyagi, director general, IMD.

‘The hi-tech radar is being procured from a Chinese joint venture with US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin at a cost of about Rs 12 crore,’’ said Tyagi. The Doppler radar will provide data to estimate accurately the centre and intensity of a storm, fixing its position and predicting its path unlike the existing systems that provide information only on the range of a storm. Another Doppler weather radar (DWR) is proposed to be installed at Jaipur to keep tabs on the weather approaching from the west. Patiala, Gwalior and Lucknow will have DWR’s to help the weather office provide comprehensive forecast, added Tyagi.

Meanwhile, the top post for the chief of security for the CWG is lying vacant for over a year owing to a legal tussle between the Union government and the Central Administrative Tribunal.

Two officials R P Sharma and Ajay Chadha are said to be in the reckoning for the post. The CWG Organizing Committee (OC) had last year sent a proposal to the ministry of home affairs recommending Sharma’s name for the job. Based on the recommendations of both the OC and Karnataka government, Sharma also attended CWG security related meetings here when the proposal was awaiting clearance by the MHA. However, Sharma’s name was not cleared after ‘‘careful consideration’’ of the matter by the ministry of youth affairs and sports.