Severe drought: State proposes cloud seeding at cost of Rs 88 crores

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Severe drought: State proposes cloud seeding at cost of Rs 88 crores

Severe drought: State proposes cloud seeding at cost of Rs 88 crores

Bhavana S   ¦    May 16, 2019 10:09:47 AM (IST)

Severe drought: State proposes cloud seeding at cost of Rs 88 crores-1Bengaluru: Even though the state government is well aware of the fact that deforestation is the main reason for the drought across the state, it has decided to opt for a short cut instead of bringing a stringent law into force. The government has decided to spend a whopping Rs 88 crores on cloud seeding.

An officer privy to the developments confirmed that a Detailed Project Report is ready. "The government's idea is to carry out cloud seeding at the earliest to ensure good rainfall. The reality is that, in the last several years, this experiment had failed in the state," he explained.

State rural development and panchayat raj minister Krishna Byre Gowda confirmed that the state government will take up cloud seeding. "It will be taken up in the last week of June. The total amount to be spent will be Rs.88 crores," he said.

Third attempt: According to the sources, the cloud seeding experiment was first taken up in the year 2003 when SM Krishna was the CM. In 2017 also the state government led by Siddaramaiah took up the initiative, but both the times the experiment had failed.