Lucknow-Uttar Pradesh is now planning synthetic rain or cloud seeding for districts the place air high quality index (AQI) is excessive and has sought the assistance of IIT-Kanpur for a similar.

The discussions have been held after the Supreme Court requested Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan to curb air air pollution.

Manoj Singh, further chief secretary forests, surroundings, and local weather change, mentioned, “We have discussed with IIT-K to get cloud seeding done in districts in the NCR region where air pollution levels are high. This will be done only if there is enough humidity in the atmosphere and other favourable conditions, the experts of IIT have said.”

Recently, the Supreme Court directed 4 states, together with UP, to take steps to deliver down air air pollution ranges. Cloud seeding or synthetic rain is climate modification applied sciences used to enhance clouds’ capability to supply rain or snow. Delhi is planning the identical with IIT-Kanpur.

“In our state, the favourable conditions shall be around November 20. If we need, we may go ahead with artificial rain to bring down air pollution, in case it remains high at that point in time. We are preparing the other formalities and negotiations with IIT-K, ” mentioned Singh.

Officials mentioned IIT-Okay costs Rs 75 lakh for a metropolis, however additional negotiations will likely be accomplished when the plan is executed.

Experts mentioned that the impression of synthetic rain shall stay for over every week relying upon the impact from pollution-causing actions, together with stubble burning, vehicular motion, and development exercise.

Cloud seeding will be accomplished from ground-based turbines, plane, or drones. When storm techniques transfer by way of cloud seeding mission areas, an answer containing a required amount of silver iodide is burned from ground-based turbines or launched from plane, stimulating the formation of raindrops.

In the NCR area, Meerut has the present AQI of 364 and falls within the ‘very poor’ class, Ghaziabad has an AQI of 405 and was rated ‘extreme’, Bulandshahr AQI was recorded 199 below the ‘average’ class, Hapur 320 ‘very poor’, and Muzaffarnagar recorded an AQI at 281 and was rated ‘poor’.

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