Hoping to influence the upcoming monsoon and capture as much water as possible from the rain clouds, Karnataka government has pushed a tender call for cloud seeding operations.
According to news reports, cloud seeding willenhance rainfall during the monsoons of 2019 and 2020. The project is expected to cost ₹50 crore each year. Cloud seeding uses planes to spray clouds with chemicals to condense smaller particles into larger rain droplets. The tenders should have been out by February, giving enough time for preparation for the monsoon. However, the department managed to get the required approvals and sanction for work before the enforcement of model code of conduct on Sunday. A contractor is expected to be chosen by April-end and, officials said, the cloud-seeding planes could take to the skies by June 20.