Rajasthan, India: With a view to monitor and study earthquakes, over 250 GPS centres would be set up across India. These centres will be funded by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Delhi, India. Though most of these centres will be set up in the Himalayan region but having identified earthquake-sensitive zones in Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Ganganagar and Kota, four centres will be set up in the state of Rajasthan as well.
For studying the intra-lithosphere plate movement in Rajasthan, a permanent global positioning station was installed at the department of geology, ML Sukhadia University, Udaipur, in 2006. And four more GPS centres are in process of being commissioned at Kota, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Sriganganagar.
“The project is funded by the seismology division of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Delhi,” informed head of ML Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Dr Harsh Bhoo.
He said in Jaisalmer a permanent GPS receiver will be installed at the Weather and Radar Station, Ramgarh Road. Similarly, Rajasthan Technical University at Kota, Agriculture Research Centre in Shri Ganganagar and Maharaja Ganga Singh University in Bikaner are the locations where the receivers will be installed. The data collected will be processed by software.
According to sources, heavy movement is going on in the Indian plate under the earth, due to which there is an increased possibility of earthquakes. It is to study these movements that these centres are being set up.