BHUBANESWAR: Secretary to Ministry of Earth Sciences Shailesh Nayak on Monday said India today has one of the best weather forecasting systems in the world and it is at par with countries like US, UK and other European countries.
Addressing the inaugural function of the residential quarters of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) here, Nayak said, this has been possible due to large investments made in observing systems such as automatic weather stations and Doppler radars.
“Also, we have done large projects to understand various processes. India has also one of the fastest computers in the South East Asia barring China, Japan and Korea,” he said.
However, the greatest improvement, Nayak said, has been made by the people working for IMD and its sister organisations. Though weather observation has been done for decades using advanced systems, the Indian forecasters have achieved in last four to five years what others have in last several decades, he added.
DG, IMD Dr LS Rathore said, the responsibility on the forecasters has increased manifold with use of advanced technologies and now human error is not acceptable.
Prof UC Mohanty, DDGM, IMD R Suresh, Director, IMD, Odisha SC Sahu and Director of Biju Patnaik Airport Sharad Kumar were also present on the occasion.
Earlier, Nayak and Rathore inaugurated 30 residential quarters for the staff of IMD, Bhubaneswar located on Biju Patnaik Airport premises. The housing colony, work for which started in august 2013, has been constructed at an estimated cost of `6.92 crore.