Weather plays a very important role in Mumbai, the Bombay high court observed on Thursday, while directing the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to consider setting up a sub-division to look into the forecast.
The court also told the director general of the meteorological department to update the weather forecast every four hours, much like it is done in Singapore because the two share the same weather conditions.
A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice AK Menon was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by advocate Atal Bihari Dubey.
The PIL alleges neglect and failure of the authorities to drain out rain water that had paralysed the city following a heavy downpour on June 18. The PIL seeks the IMD give accurate and timely weather forecast so that people could take preventive measures.
Dr Madhav Rao Chitale committee was appointed to study the causes of flooding in 2005 and suggest measures to avoid similar situations. The committee had said there was enough scope for the IMD to provide metrological data in an extreme situation. It also found a lack of coordination between the IMD and other authorities.
Dubey informed the court that rainfall is recorded from 8am to 8am and then reported at 12pm on the IMD website. He said a forecast is given at 12.30pm on the basis of rainfall at 8am.
The state said all the recommendations made by the committee have been accepted and steps are being taken accordingly. The court directed the commissioner of disaster management to submit a report in four weeks on the implementation made by them.