China offers cloud-seeding tech to Maharashtra

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: Black clouds hovering over the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir as it rained for the third consecutive day on April 04, 2016. The Govt expects to have good monsoon this year.

Representational Image of Clouds

 

China has offered India to provide cloud-seeding technology for drought-hit Maharashtra to induce rain and also to train the staff of local meteorological department in the technology it has been for last five decades. Large parts of Maharashtra and central India are affected with a severe spell of drought, especially after two successive deficient monsoons.

China has over the years used the cloud seeding rockets tipped with silver iodide to cause precipitation.

According to the reports in Chinese state-run press, a team of scientists and officials from Beijing, Shanghai and China’s eastern Anhui province mooted the cooperation during their recent visit to Maharashtra which has experienced severe droughts over the past two years.

If the discussions are successful, Chinese experts would provide training to officials of the Indian Meteorological Department on their latest cloud-seeding technology, state-run China Daily quoted officials as saying.

The training is expected to be given on procedures to seed clouds successfully, the daily said.

The training is aimed at inducing rain over Maharashtra’s Marathwada region in the summer of 2017 if needed, it said. The development follows a meeting between Shanghai’s top official Han Zheng and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai in early May.

Han, who is also a Communist Party of China Politburo member, had asked Fadnavis if China could do anything for drought relief in Maharashtra, it said.

China started to use cloud-seeding technology in 1958, and today it has one of the most advanced systems in the world, the report said.

– PTI