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Karnataka govt is all set to launch cloud seeding project to beat lack of monsoon
The Karnataka government has cleared its flagship project of 'cloud seeding' to tackle deficient monsoon across the state, as per an Indiatimes report.

After obtaining almost all the clearances related to the project, the Siddaramaiah government is all set to launch the cloud seeding project soon. For this, a special aircraft has been imported from the US which landed at the Jakkur airfield, Bengaluru on Monday, according to sources.

The project of cloud seeding would be carried out at three places in Karnataka including Bengaluru, Gadag and Yadgir. The entire project will cost the state exchequer about Rs 35 crore.

"Previously, in 2003, the then state government had successfully taken up the project spanning 83-days at a cost of Rs 9 crore. The experiment then had resulted in good amount of rains," a senior officer said.

According to the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) department, the entire programme will be based on scientific research which is backed by theories of physics.

"The government is all set for the project and, hopefully, it will be launched on August 18, assuming that the weather radars will be commissioned by then. The radars have to track the density and movement of clouds and, based on the radar information, the technicians aboard the aircraft will take up cloud seeding," HK Patil, Minister for RDPR said.

The Minister had visited the Jakkur airfield to inspect the projects' operation and interacted with the crew members who have arrived from the US especially for the project.

According to Patil, the installation of radars is expected to be finished in a few days and then trials will be conducted to determine weather patterns. Afterwards, the experts will determine and track the movement of clouds.

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