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‘Increase city’s green cover’

“Cloud seeding is not a solution to low rainfall. It is an injustice on the ecology and environment,” said water conservationist Rajendra Singh on Sunday.

mumbai Updated: Sep 14, 2009 01:30 IST
Kasturi Bagwe

“Cloud seeding is not a solution to low rainfall. It is an injustice on the ecology and environment,” said water conservationist Rajendra Singh on Sunday.

Singh, who was attending a national seminar on global warming and water management, said the civic body is exploiting nature by inducing rainfall artificially. It should have laid more emphasis on increasing city’s green cover, which would have helped it get better rainfall, he added.

“Authorities should plant the right number and size of trees instead of planting shrubs and lending permission to cut trees,” he said. Environmentalists opposing cloud seeding say the most common chemicals used — silver iodide and dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) — are harmful to humans and animals.

The seminar organised by the Rotary club of Bombay at a Sahar hotel, saw environmentalists and water conservationists share views.