Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Will cloud-seeding be a political eyewash?

Bengaluru: The much-hyped cloud-seeding project could be just that, a build-up sans adequate results. The government is unlikely to get into the act of inducing rain in Karnataka till August 25 or even later, with partial seeding in the Cauvery basin slated to begin only from Wednesday.
This is leading to scepticism over the project being a political eyewash ahead of the 2018 polls.
According to government officials, despite the project seeing a high-profile la unch, with rural development and panchayat raj minister H K Patil, agriculture minister Krishna Byre Gowda and planning and statistics minister M R Seetharam in attendance, there was no cloud-seeding, thanks to non-functional radars which failed to guide the aeroplanes to release rain catalysts.
" A delay in the inaugural run coupled with clouds disappearing means the project is yet to take off. The radars are yet to receive any uplink, including the one installed at Gandhi Krishi Vikas Kendra (GKVK) which is yet to become functional," said sources.
With the ambitious project kicking off only in the last leg of southwest monsoon, there's little hope of something concrete coming out of it.
23/08/17 Sandeep Moudgal/Times of India