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Centre to Buy Rs 250 Crore Aircraft for Accurate Weather Forecast and Air Pollution Assessment

File photo of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. (Photo: PTI)

File photo of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. (Photo: PTI)

The information was given by Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Friday.

The government is planning to use more hi-tech methods for an accurate weather forecast. Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said there is a plan to purchase an aircraft at a cost of Rs 250 crore, which will help in accurate weather prediction in different parts of the country.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of Aeronautics and Technology is planning to purchase this aircraft. The information was given by Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Friday.

On Friday, an MP in the Lok Sabha had asked whether the government is considering a proposal to buy a special aircraft for conducting experiments related to the weather forecast. Answering this question, Harsh Vardhan said that his Ministry is considering purchasing a special research aircraft for atmospheric process studies in the country. Equipped with scientific equipment, the cost of this aircraft system can be Rs 250 crore.

Harsh Vardhan said the aircraft is likely to be used to solve various atmospheric research problems in weather, the atmosphere in different parts of the country. This will help with meteorological cloud physics data.

The minister said that apart from this, it can also be helpful in the evaluation of air pollution assessment and studies related to health, need, climate environment and hydrology.

He said that the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) Pune will work as the nodal agency for this entire scheme.

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It is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences. Through this nodal agency, people will get information about the weather.

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