After the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) held a meeting via video conference with Israeli firm Mekorot – the agency appointed by them to carry out cloud seeding – it was decided that the latter would take a call on the feasibility of the experiment.
“The firm has sought technical information related to geographical conditions such as latitudinal and longitudinal extent, radar and so on. Data pertaining to this will be provided to them by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and Indian Meteorological Department,” said Rajiv Jalota, additional municipal commissioner (projects).
“After studying the data, they will determine whether clouds in the region are seedable or not. A clear decision on the feasibility of the experiment is therefore expected to be taken in a week,” added Jalota.
After several failed attempts in 2009, the civic body seems to be taking one step at a time before it comes to a conclusion on the method and modalities of involved in cloud seeding.
Cloud seeding is a process in which artificial rain is induced in the catchment areas of lakes by spraying silver iodide crystals into rain clouds from an aircraft to try to stimulate the precipitation process and form rain.
In 2009, the civic body spent around Rs8 crore on carrying out cloud seeding in Modak Sagar and Tansa lakes using both manual and aerial procedures. For this, Bangalore-based firm Agni Aviation and Meckoni Enterprises were appointed.
Meanwhile, the lakes that supply water to the city have been receiving good rainfall in the past few days and the water stock available has increased to over six months worth. Since last week stock of around two weeks worth has been stored in the Middle Vaitarna dam.