Orders Issued for Separate Meteorological Centre at Leh


Srinagar: The Government of India on Tuesday approved creation of a separate meteorological centre in the newly carved Union Territory of Ladakh for weather forecasts. So far the Met office was headquarterd in Srinagar.

An order issued by the office of the Director General of Meteorology, New Delhi reads that, “It has been decided by the Government of India to establish meteorological centre (MC) at Leh, the capital of Union Territory of Ladakh, to meet the meteorological services of Ladakh”.

“This Meteorological centre will be headed by an officer of Group ‘A’ level, who will function directly under the control of Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), New Delhi,” reads the office order issued by Deputy Director General (Admin), Y K Reddy.

According to the order, a copy of which is in possession of Kashmir Observer, the new meteorological centre will cater to all the operational meteorological services of Ladakh and issue weather forecast and adverse weather warnings etc, as per the mandate of IMD and will keep close liaison with MC Srinagar, RMC New Delhi and the state government authorities.

“All matters relating to the establishment, general administration, financial and technical matters for the MC will be dealt with by RMC, New Delhi.,” the order adds.

The order has been issued after the Ministry of Earth Sciences approved the creation of the meteorological centre in March this year.

According to sources, the Leh meteorological centre will be either headed by Sonam Lotus or Mukhtar Ahmad. Ahmad is a resident of Drass.

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