AGL 5.95 Decreased By ▼ -0.13 (-2.14%)
ANL 9.26 Decreased By ▼ -0.14 (-1.49%)
AVN 80.82 Decreased By ▼ -0.64 (-0.79%)
BOP 5.20 Decreased By ▼ -0.07 (-1.33%)
CNERGY 4.86 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-0.82%)
EFERT 81.82 Increased By ▲ 0.27 (0.33%)
EPCL 53.94 Decreased By ▼ -0.06 (-0.11%)
FCCL 14.29 Decreased By ▼ -0.11 (-0.76%)
FFL 5.93 Decreased By ▼ -0.12 (-1.98%)
FLYNG 7.44 Decreased By ▼ -0.12 (-1.59%)
FNEL 4.95 Decreased By ▼ -0.05 (-1%)
GGGL 9.18 Decreased By ▼ -0.14 (-1.5%)
GGL 16.51 Decreased By ▼ -0.19 (-1.14%)
HUMNL 6.14 Increased By ▲ 0.45 (7.91%)
KEL 2.77 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.72%)
LOTCHEM 30.81 Increased By ▲ 0.26 (0.85%)
MLCF 27.45 Decreased By ▼ -0.34 (-1.22%)
OGDC 74.27 Increased By ▲ 0.27 (0.36%)
PAEL 15.98 Decreased By ▼ -0.21 (-1.3%)
PIBTL 5.21 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.38%)
PRL 17.01 Decreased By ▼ -0.28 (-1.62%)
SILK 1.10 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.92%)
TELE 10.00 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-0.4%)
TPL 7.65 Decreased By ▼ -0.05 (-0.65%)
TPLP 19.41 Decreased By ▼ -0.36 (-1.82%)
TREET 22.72 Decreased By ▼ -0.47 (-2.03%)
TRG 146.80 Decreased By ▼ -0.55 (-0.37%)
UNITY 17.09 Decreased By ▼ -0.10 (-0.58%)
WAVES 10.33 Decreased By ▼ -0.05 (-0.48%)
WTL 1.42 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-2.74%)
BR100 4,330 Increased By 3.4 (0.08%)
BR30 16,296 Increased By 46.9 (0.29%)
KSE100 42,904 Increased By 23.3 (0.05%)
KSE30 15,805 Decreased By -4.6 (-0.03%)
Follow us

LAHORE: The Secretary Aviation has directed Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) to finalize sites for the installation of automatic weather stations by 10th of October, said sources.

They said a letter has been dispatched to the PDM, urging the concerned authorities to interact with the agriculture, irrigation and railways departments for the site selection, meeting the requisites for setting up the stations.

It may be noted that the federal government has decided to install 300 automatic weather stations at tehsil level throughout the country to enrich meteorological data and avoid the vulnerabilities of climate change. Besides, three radars would also be set in the cities, including Lahore and Sialkot.

Reliable sources said the World Bank would provide $60 million funds for the purpose and the ministry of climate change would supervise the project in collaboration with the Aviation Authority of Pakistan and its allied departments throughout the four provincial governments.

The sources said Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman has been actively pursuing the matter with the World Bank in order to ensure the availability of stations before the next general elections. Meanwhile, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has donated limited number of stations for the Punjab, Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to the sources, survey teams of PMD will submit the longitude and latitude details of the sites at tehsil level in order to proceed ahead as the federal government is planning to complete the project by the end of current year.

It may be noted that not a single observatory is available at the district and tehsil levels throughout the country, leading the devastating impacts of floods and rains. In Balochistan, they said, the situation is even more pathetic due to the non-availability of observatories and gauges in nullahs to gauge rain accuracy during the monsoon. There is a general understanding in government circles that ground stations are more urgent to deal with the situation against radars, they added.

The project would also be a blessing for the agriculture sector, as many essential food staples are hit hard by floods and rains every now and then, putting the livability of some 240 million population of the country.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

Comments

Comments are closed.

Secretary asks PMD to finalise sites for automatic weather stations

PM Shehbaz urges Turkiye to invest in Pakistan's mega solar project

Ishaq Dar says Pakistani delegation to leave for Russia for potential oil deal

Pakistan secures €150mn in aid from ECO Trade and Development Bank: Marriyum

Saudi Arabia blocks Qatari beIN’s World Cup streaming platform

Lewandowski breaks World Cup duck as Poland beat Saudi Arabia

Nine terrorists killed in gun battle with security forces in Balochistan: ISPR

Ronaldo’s ‘total genius’ won World Cup penalty, says FIFA group

Relations with India, gender equality stressed at ‘talks by engro’ event in IBA

Xi tells Kim China willing to work with North Korea for ‘world peace’

Owned by resident Pakistanis: FBR starts taxing hundreds of foreign properties