Union Minister of Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurates country’s highest Meteorological Centre at Leh
Union Minister of Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan, virtually inaugurated India’s highest Meteorological Centre in Leh, today. After Itanagar Centre in Arunachal Pradesh, Leh Met centre at 3500 meters highest from mean sea level is the highest in the Himalayan region. AIR correspondent reports that with four Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) a Meteorological Department centre for Ladakh region started working from today. Despite Covid pandemic, within Nine months of time the new centre is established to cater the arid cold desert and geo politically all important Ladakh weather requirements.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Dr Harshavardhan said, Ladakh Met Centre is one of the commitments fulfilled by the Union Government for the welfare of new Union Territory Ladakh. The new Centre will provide Ladakh specific weather forecasts more accurately and consistently for the region.
Ladakh Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur appealed Dr. Harsh Vardhan for Ladakh specific Weather App, Data integration of large number of micro climatic conditions of Ladakh and Display boards at entry points into Ladakh region to make the public and tourists aware of weather conditions and prepare.
Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Earth Sciences Secretary Dr. M Rajeevan, IMD DG Dr. M Mohapatra, Additional DG, Mr. Anand Sharma, Ladakh Weather station director Sonam Lotus were also present in the virtual inauguration event.