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IIT Kanpur to create artificial rain to control air pollution in Lucknow

The institute needs only the approval from the Union civil aviation ministry to reduce the rising air pollution

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Pollution in Delhi breached emergency levels on the Diwali night, but compared to last year's after Diwali period, the city is relatively better off. Photo: Dalip Kumar
Air pollution. Photo: Dalip Kumar

The capital might witness artificial rains through cloud-seeding by to combat which has reached crisis level.

A few days ago, the had asked Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to explore the option of artificial rains.

"got the project on artificial rains from the Council of Science and Technology a few months back. For this, the institute has got a grant of Rs 15 lakh," Officiating Director of Kanpur, Manindra Agrawal told PTI.

He said the institute is ready for the first in and only the approval from the Union civil aviation ministry is awaited.

The area where is needed should have cover. It will definitely reduce levels, Agrawal said.

Aerospace, civil engineering and industrial management engineering departments are working on this project, he said.

The expense of first artificial rains will be relatively higher, Agrawal said, adding, "But, frequent usage will bring down the cost."

On November 15, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had held a meeting with officials of various departments to control the

First Published: Mon, November 20 2017. 16:31 IST
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