Officials from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) will be visiting an under-construction building in Lower Parel on April 17 to check its feasibility as the site for the second doppler weather radar (DWR) in the city.
The under-construction building is a private property that has been constructed up to 180 metres, said an IMD official. “We wanted a structure that is at least 200 metres high so that the radar is perched at such a height that other tall buildings around it would not hinder its working. We do not expect buildings taller than 200 metres to come up in this area and this building is expected to be around 204 metres high. These are tentative dates and a decision will be taken only after the meeting with state officials,” said the official.
IMD officials will meet state officials on April 21 to decide on the feasibility of the site.
The existing doppler radar, weighing 15 tonnes, is installed atop an 18-storey (around 70 metres in height) building at Navy Nagar in Colaba.
In August last year, a group of developers had written to the state government against a two-year-old rule that said any proposal for a highrise within 10-km radius of the doppler radar must get clearance from the IMD, which disallows vertical growth beyond 77 m (22 floors) in the region.
Citing technical and administrative reasons, IMD officials had informed the state that the existing radar at Colaba could not be be shifted and instead suggested installing a second radar as a solution to the issue of height restrictions. The government, accordingly, had asked the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI-CREDAI), an umbrella organisation of developers across the city, to suggest alternative locations for installing the new radar.
The Lower Parel site is one of the 10 sites suggested by the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI-CREDAI) to the state government.
“The Lower Parel building is one of the 10 sites we have suggested to the state. The site selection is entirely up to them. It is for the technical team to decide on its potential. There will be a meeting after the site visit to decide this,” said Shahzad Hussain, CEO, MCHI-CREDAI.