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In Mumbai: BMC passes proposal to set up city’s second Doppler radar

mumbai Updated: Dec 16, 2016 23:52 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
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Civic commissioner Ajoy Mehta was summoned by the HC for failing to comply with an earlier court order to finalise the site.(HT File Photo)

The general body of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday passed a proposal to set up the city’s second Doppler radar at the Veravali water supply reservoir.

The civic body will provide land to the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) to set it up.

The proposal was passed after the Bombay High Court (HC) slammed the civic body for its “lethargic” approach in finalizing a site for the radar, used in meteorology.

According to the proposal, a 30X30m will be provided to the IMD on lease with a one-time payment of Rs2.23 crore. After this, the IMD will have to pay Rs900 per year for the next 30 years. The proposal says that the HC had, in September, asked the civic body to finalise the site in the next 10 weeks.

The first Doppler radar was installed atop a building in Colaba.

Civic commissioner Ajoy Mehta was summoned by the HC for failing to comply with an earlier court order to finalise the site.

In a hearing held earlier this week, the HC expressed its surprise when the BMC said that the general body could not pass the proposal in its December 8 meeting as it was adjourned due to AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa’s death. The HC asked if the corporators had gone to Tamil Nadu to mourn.

Civic officials said that even if space was allotted, it had to follow the due process of presenting it to the improvements committee followed by the general body of 227 corporators.

In an earlier interaction with HT, KS Hoslikar, deputy director general of the IMD, said, “The second radar will complement the first one as the city cannot depend on just one radar in cases of severe weather conditions. The functionalities of both will be similar.”

For the second radar, the IMD also wanted a location that did not have many high-rise buildings in the vicinity.

The Doppler radar, along with the existing one, will help get real time forecasting for thunderstorms, mapping precipitation of monsoon clouds, its rain carrying capacity, and speed.

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