ISLAMABAD - The met department has sent its six years plan to Prime Minister House for upgrading radar system and also demanded Rs16.6 billion in this regard, The Nation has learnt. Sources told The Nation that met department also suggested installation of 22 radars across the country for updating the weather forecast in time and the cast of one radar will be Rs600 to Rs700 million. The department also suggested to build the 400 automatic weather stations in different areas of the country and the cost of one automatic weather station will be Rs3 million. Sources said that the construction of 20 wind profilers at different airports of the country was also part of plan and the cost of one wind profiler is Rs2.5 million. The wind profiler will update the airport administrant regarding weather situation during the landing and departure of international flights.

The met department also recommended the weather observative up-gradation in 98 districts and Rs3 million required for one weather observative radar . It also suggested 40 new weather observative installations in different districts and Rs10 million require for one installation. Talking to The Nation, a senior officer of met department said that the department was facing severe issues but the management taking actions to resolve the issues. He said the met department also suggested in six years plan to upgrade the workshop of radar and other weather equipments. He mentioned that there is need to upgrade the met department computer system like India, Korea, Japan and China system. He further said that it was suggested to connect the communication system with head office. On the other hand, Director General Meteorology informed the Senate body on June 27 that there is a dearth of updated equipment which is why the department is unable to have an effective Early Warning System. He said that 20 radars are needed to cover complete area of Pakistan, however, there are only 7 radars are installed and out of which majority have completed their life span.