GIS - 20 November 2015: The project for the procurement and installation of a new Meteorological Radar System at Trou aux Cerfs is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
In reply to a Parliamentary Question, the Prime Minister recalled that the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Government of the Republic of Mauritius signed an agreement in June 2013 for a non-refundable grant of Rs 387 million for the implementation of the radar.
The old building which housed the former radar at Trou aux Cerfs has already been pulled down and the site is now ready for the construction of the new building for the installation of the new Radar system, said the Prime Minister. Furthermore, tender procedures for the selection of the contractor are being finalised by the Japanese authorities,
A pool of ten Meteorological Telecommunications Technicians has been recruited and they will undergo specialised training in the operations of the new Radar System. Moreover, the Telecommunications Engineer at the Mauritius Meteorological Services (MMS) has benefitted from a two-week intensive overseas training in the practical operations of the Doppler Radar System.
Provisions to the tune of Rs 270 million and Rs 250 million have been in the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 budget of the MMS respectively to cater for expenses not covered under the Grant element for the procurement and installation of the new Radar system.
The provision of a new “S-Band Doppler Solid State Radar” to the MMS will therefore enhance its autonomy and contribute to better general weather forecasting in Mauritius. The project will also ensure fast track acquisition of knowledge and skills to address the specific challenges posed by extreme weather events.
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