India to install Rs 125-cr tsunami warning system
Press Trust of India
London, January 3, 2005|15:25 IST
India will take speedy action to install a tsunami warning system at a cost of Rs 125 crore and it will be fully functional in two-and-half years, Minister for Science and Technology and Ocean Development Kapil Sibal has said.
"The system is called DART - meaning Deep Ocean Assessment and Report System and this complete system, giving a true and accurate prediction of tsunami - as in the Pacific Ocean - would take two to two and a half years to be fully functional," Sibal told a BBC Hindi Programme on Sunday night.
He said "if we are able to install 10-12 DARTS in Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, connect them to DATA Boise, get information from the satellite, and if we are able to successfully do software modelling, we should be able to get information about the tsunamis."
Sibal said his ministry would be organising an international conference on January 21, which would be attended by reputed scientists and seismologists. "There is going to be brain-storming session, keeping the problem in front of us, how to proceed towards a solution."
When a questioner pointed out that tsunami had hit Andamans in 2002 also, the minister said, "When the quake hit Indonesia, we had information about it. What we did not have information about was the Tsunami. Normally when a quake hits Sumatra or Japan, it has no effect on any part of India.
"When there is any information, there is a procedure to be followed. Till the time we have complete confirmation we can't jump the gun. It was the tsunami, which did all the damage, and it was not known before hand. So far as this 2002 thing is concerned, there is no information and record in my ministry to this."