Kolkata: BENGAL has entered into a deal with the US-based Earth Networks Inc (EN) to install lightning and thunderstorm detection sensors in the state to curb the loss of life due to lightning.
EN is a reputed private entity that provides weather information service using sophisticated apparatus.
According to the state government, in all 10 lightning and thunderstorm detection sensors will be installed in eight districts of the state that accounts for most of the lightning deaths every monsoon. The initiative, together with an integrated data services on weather, will cost the state Rs 46.86-lakh per annum.
The sensors will send early warnings about lightning and thunderstorm to the control of the state disaster management department and it, in turn, will issue a warning to the public at large.
As of now, the department relies on the weather warnings issued by the India Meteorological Department, which it finds less effective as regards early warnings and identification of the specific location where lighting might strike.
The 10 sensors will be set up in Siliguri, Cooch Behar, Raiganj in North Dinajpur, Jangipur in Murshidabad, Haldia in East Midnapore, Purulia, Krishnanagar in Nadia, and Kharagpur in West Midnapore.