THE GOVERNMENT has finalised a programme to set up a highly sophisticated early tsunami warning system with a total outlay of Rs 125 crore by the end of September 2007. The system would be installed at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Sciences, Hyderabad.
Secretary Union Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr PS Goel disclosed the plan while talking to newsmen here on Friday. Dr Goel said that about 12 sensors would be installed along the ocean sides near the falling under the Indian jurisdiction by April 2007. These sensors would help to issue warning about the changes in the ocean leading to Tsunami wave.
Besides, a water pressure recorder would be installed at Andaman Nicobar Island and in Makran area of Gujarat for passing the information about the rising water pressure. He further said that the work was in progress about developing a seismology network in the country to give warning about the possible earthquakes as well. The project would also be completed by 2007.
The system would issue warning to Andaman Nicobar areas within 15 to 20 minutes before while to Mumbai in one hour and to Chennai, Orissa and Bengal within two to three hours before a possible Tsunami.
He claimed that the technology was far superior to the technology used by the USA in giving warning signals with respect to earthquakes.