( CM speaking on the occasion of Doppler Radars )

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has urged the Union Government to enhance the disaster management fund for Himachal Pradesh as the state is prone to various natural disasters due to difficult topographical and climatic conditions.

Speaking after inauguration of two Doppler Weather Radars for the state by  Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences Dr Jitender Singh virtually at Shimla on Sunday the CM said, “ These radars will be enable to forecast heavy rain, thunderstorm and hailstorm within 100 kilometer radius in all directions, especially for short-range forecasting; these radars will also be helpful to improve area specific forecast and warning system enhancing weather monitoring capabilities and reduce disasters by generating accurate data.”

He said, “A Doppler Weather Radar have already been installed at Kufri in Shimla district and now 70 percent area of the state would be covered for weather forecast except districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul Spiti and there is urgent need of establishing Radars in these tribal areas too.”

Revenue Minister Jagat Singh Negi, Education Minister Rohit Thakur, Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxsena, Principal Secretaries Onkar Sharma, R.D. Nazeem and Bharat Khera, Secretary Akshay Sood, Director Indian Meteorological Department M. Mahapatra among others were present on the occasion.

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