Saturday, November 18, 2017

Salt-loaded aircraft to create artificial rain to check pollution

Lucknow/Kanpur : Move over rain gods as UP government and IIT Kanpur woll come together to fly an aircraft into the skies of Lucknow and seed clouds for creating artificial rains to bring down pollution levels in the state capital any time soon.
Top sources in the department of UP civil aviation department confirmed to TOI that IIT-K has agreed to modify its six-seater Cessna aircraft to load it with salt for being dropped on the high altitude `supercooled' clouds. A proposal to this effect will be sent to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) next week,'' said a senior official in civil aviation department.
An approval from the DGCA is always required whenever something is dropped from the aircraft, said a senior official in the civil aviation department. Sources said that the state government has also agreed to back the proposed modification in the aircraft of IIT-K. The exercise, conducted perhaps for the first time in UP, will also require an approval of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) as it involves an atmospheric layer.
Acting Director, IITKanpur, Prof Manindra Agarwal told TOI, "We have developed technology for conducting artificial rain after UP government approached us a few months back for giving a solution for the same. We have also received permission from Envionment ministry for cloud seeding, the permission from Aviation ministry is awaited. Approval from Environment ministry came today only." He also confirmed that several trials and experiments had been going on using Cessna aircraft and the same would be used when asked to do cloud seeding by the government.
18/11/17 Pankaj Shah and Abhinav Malhotra/Times of India