Govt will conduct early cloud seeding this yr to maximise gains
The Maharashtra government has decided to conduct an early cloud seeding exercise this year so that this exercise can yield desirable results. According to senior government official, last year, the government started the tender floating process for cloud seeding quite late. “The best period for cloud seeding is July when the maximum rain clouds can be targeted. Last year, we spent almost Rs27 crore and received 1,381 mm rainfall. We cannot authenticate that the rains were due to the cloud seeding process only. However, this technology is proven and widely used,” the official added on condition of anonymity.
He said, last year, Bangalorebased Khyati Systems was hired for the cloud- seeding project. “Cloud seeding was carried out in the parched land of the Marathwada and Nashik regions. The operation was carried out over 113 hours of which 100 hours were given free by this firm. We started the exercise quite late and, therefore, it did not have much impact,” he added.
Another official from the state disaster management department said that this year they have started the tendering process in May. “But red- tapism has delayed the process. Once the firm is chosen, they have to seek permission from the foreign ministry, home department, director general of civil aviation ( DGCA) etc, and it takes more than 30- 35 days. We are running short of time, and our minister’s alleged involvement in the purported Dawood Ibrahim phone call controversy has also been affecting work. The minister’s energy is wasted in defending himself rather than in taking the speedy decisions of his departments,” the official added.
“Now, the delay will again have an adverse effect on the result. We are of the opinion that rather than going ahead, the government should drop this idea of the cloud seeding at this juncture,” said another official from the disaster management department.
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Representative photo of cloud seeding