India Meteorological Department (IMD) has the legacy of maintaining weather and climate records and is monitoring & predicting the weather since its inception 148 years ago on 15 January, 1875 in the background of tropical cyclone hitting Calcutta in 1864, and the subsequent famines in 1866 and 1871 due to the failure of the monsoon. During 148 years of its existence, the department has served the cause of safety and wellbeing of Indian population against weather related hazards and helped in the economic development of the country. It is one of the few departments of the government whose services touch almost every aspect of life and across all sectors of economy.
IMD has taken pro-active steps to increase the Radar Network from mere 15 in 2013 to 37 in 2023 and will add 25 more in next 2-3 years. Entire Country will be covered by Doppler Weather Radar Network by 2025 to predict extreme weather events more accurately.
Under Agro-Meteorological Services, it is targeted to establish 660 District Agro Meteorological Units (DAMUs) by 2025 and increase from 3,100 blocks in 2023 to 7,000 blocks in 2025.
Source : PIB
Last Modified : 1/16/2024