Odisha to build modern radar centres

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to receive prior alerts regarding tropical cyclones or cyclonic storms of high magnitude, the state government has decided to set up as many as four modern radar centres in the state. This was informed by Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Surya Narayan Patro in Assembly on Wednesday.

“Four modern radar centres will be built at Balasore, Sambalpur, Paradip and Gopalpur for which tender have been invited,” Patro said.

“The centres at four strategic locations would gather and disseminate information about any such cyclonic movements,” added Patro.

During question hour the minister informed the House that Rs 218 crore has been sanctioned to the Rural Development Department for the construction of 64 pucca approach roads to cyclone shelters.

“The roads will help people living within a radius of 10-15 kms to reach the cyclone shelters in case of emergency,” the minister said.

To help mitigate natural calamities, 150 multi-purpose cyclone shelters were being constructed at different cyclone-prone areas as the state is highly vulnerable to natural disasters.

“At least 150 multi-purpose cyclone shelters under National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) are being constructed under World Bank assistance,” Patro stated.

According to the website of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), in the aftermath of 1999 super cyclone which claimed around 10,000 lives, 203 cyclone shelters are in place in various vulnerable locations in six coastal districts of the state.