Rains fill up lakes, cloud seeding plan put on hold
With rains filling up the catchment areas of the six lakes that supply water to the city, the municipal corporation has postponed its plans for artificial rain this week.india Updated: Jul 22, 2009 00:58 IST
With rains filling up the catchment areas of the six lakes that supply water to the city, the municipal corporation has postponed its plans for artificial rain this week.
Since last week, lake levels have risen to nearly 70 per cent to that of last year’s levels.
This means that the municipal corporation will either postpone or even cancel the cloud seeding plan.
“If it rains as it has in the last few days, then we may decide to reduce the water cut in the next two days. We will also cancel the cloud seeding plan since there will be no need to do so,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner, Anil Diggikar.
On Tuesday, 85 mm of rain increased Modak Sagar’s level by 2 m to 156.11 m — 13 m more than its lowest drawable limit of 143.26 m. While Tansa touched 121.92 m and Bhatsa reached 116.25 m, only Upper Vaitarna — it has 594.98 m of water — is still below the lowest drawable level of 595.13 m.
Thought it has been raining in the catchment areas, Shantilal Meckoni, whose Meckoni Enterprises bagged the contract to induce artificial rain over the catchment areas, conducted an experiment at Modak Sagar, without the knowledge of the municipal corporation.
Deputy chief engineer Pramod Guhe, who was with Meckoni on Tuesday, said he set up the equipment and checked the climatic conditions.
Meckoni reportedly burnt over 250 gm of silver iodide from the corporation’s stock to test his experiment. Many experts don’t approve of this “crude cloud seeding method”.
“We have not given any order to go ahead for cloud seeding as we are looking at alternate methods to carry it out, if needed,” said Diggikar.
“Whatever he has done is out of his own interest and cannot be considered as cloud seeding experiment.”