Met phones ring more as weekend party time rings in

Met phones ring more as weekend party time rings in

Met phones ring more as weekend party time rings in

The office of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in the city is awash with rather ‘strange’ calls these days. Not from farmers, who invest their lives on the fields in a country where agriculture depends on the whims and fancies of nature. Not from those on the weather beat of media offices.

There is a definite trend of the increase in the number of calls at night, of the weekend party animals who are very particular that what they wear is the hot couture of the evening. They certainly don’t want their trendy dress, footwear or the make-up to turn a damp squib, literally, and raise eyebrows at party venues that have got a new vigour, post the relaxation of nightlife on Fridays and Saturdays.

They also want the weather update, to make sure that they do not end up in a rain-triggered traffic snarl.

People have been calling IMD to seek ‘area and time specific rainfall data’. The sharp increase in the number of calls has actually hit the daily functioning of the IMD officials, who are now contemplating appointing dedicated personnel to answer such calls.

An IMD official said, “We receive over 60 such calls a day from people belonging to all sections of society. We used to get such calls earlier too, but they were not more than 20.
With monsoon and increased social activities, the number has increased, especially after the extension of nightlife timings in Bangalore.”

“We are a 24/7 office and do not have a dedicated help desk like other government offices. It is becoming a problem for us. We already have a lot of routine work of collecting rain data from other centres, noting down ground readings of weather (rainfall included) and plotting rainfall charts,” the official said.

Calls made to the IMD office also include those from political parties, especially when they are holding public rallies and protests, public event organisers who erect pandals, wedding planners and families, private party organisers, hotels and common citizens.
The calls are from across the State, but the highest are from Bangalore.

“For example, one woman called up a few days ago and asked whether it would rain at 11.30 pm in Indiranagar, because she did not want her costly dress and shoes to be spoilt in rain,” the official said.

Info on website

B Puttanna, director incharge of IMD-Bangalore, told Deccan Herald that in the next 15 days, their web page will have tourist forecast bulletins and district-wise weather bulletins. This will be similar to the IMD-New Delhi website, to help people travelling in and around Karnataka, especially the Ghats and coastal regions.

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