In what can be called a vital step towards gauging waterlogging on tracks, the Indian Meteorological Department and Railways have jointly decided on Tuesday to set up radars that predict rainfall. This decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that was attended by all civic bodies and Rail authorities.
Sources who attended the meetings said that the IMD requested the Railways to let them install radars at select locations. “The IMD has asked us for land for these radars. I have asked my officers to identify the locations where it is needed and then we shall inform them,” said DK Sharma, General Manager, Central Railway.
This would ideally mean that when these radars are placed at rail premises, the IMD will be able to predict rainfall on rail lines and surrounding areas. All the rail officials from the headquarters to the station level will be on the IMD’s notification list so that everyone gets real-time information on the weather predictions. This will reduce the time of relaying information. The data generated will also help the Railways take necessary steps while operating trains on heavy rainfall days. Read More