MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1207
TO BE ANSWERED ON 4-8-2005
SHRI R.K. ANAND:
Will the Minister of SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
be pleased to state:
a. whether it is a fact that US- based
Weather Modification Inc. had done the cloud seeding in the past two years in
b. if so, the details thereof; and
whether it is effective and whether there is any Government project to develop
cloud seeding in India?
OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) OF THE MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND MINISTER
OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) OF THE DEPARTMENT OF OCEAN DEVELOPMENT
(a) Yes, Sir. As informed by the Government
of Maharashtra, Cloud seeding operations were conducted during the years 2003
and 2004 through U.S. based Weather Modification Inc.
In the year 2003, cloud seeding operations were conducted for a period of 120
days starting from 20th September, 2003. The expenditure incurred was Rs.8 crores.
During 2004, the duration of seeding operation was 120 days starting from 20th
June 2004. The expenditure incurred was 16 crores, as it was more extensive.
(c ) Since the cloud seeding operations were not carried out
in a manner which would enable comparison between rainfall in cloud seeded and
non-seeded areas, it is not possible to comment on the effectiveness or otherwise
of this operation. This Department has no project to develop cloud seeding at