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Cloud seeding trials trigger showers in Maharashtra

It begins to rain after around 40 minutes of cloud seeding. A total of Rs 27 crore of rupees would be spent on the exercise, informed maharashtra agriculture minister Eknath Khadse

india Updated: Aug 04, 2015 22:05 IST

Trial run for cloud seeding was done in Jalna, Beed, Osmanabad and Latur districts of Maharashtra on Tuesday afternoon, resulting in rain in three villages in Beed district.

Speaking to the reporters in Aurangabad on Tuesday evening, Maharashtra agriculture minister Eknath Khadse said that trials will be conducted on Wednesday, and by Thursday the effects would be noticed.

Khadse said that 200 hours of cloud seeding would be done and 100 hours of cloud seeding would be given free of charge by the Khyati Climate Modification Company. He said that experimentation would be conducted for 90 days and C-Band doppler radar would be pressed into service from August 6.

According to experts, it begins to rain after around 40 minutes of cloud seeding. A total of Rs 27 crore of rupees would be spent on the exercise, informed Khadse.

Director of the Crises Management epartment Suhas Diwse said that flares come under the category of explosives and were denied permission by airport authorities in Mumbai, after which they were sent to Aurangabad by road.