Mumbai: Worried by the
deficient rains this year, Mumbai's civic body has decided to
resort to 'artificial rains' at a cost of Rs.65 million, an
official said here Thursday.
Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Sitaram
Kunte announced the decision even as the city's water collection
and storage remained around 30 percent deficient, with the peak
monsoon drawing to a close by the month-end.
"Cloud-seeding will be carried out for 12-15 days mainly in the
catchment areas of the Bhatsa and Vaitarna rivers in Thane
district," Kunte said.
The cloud-seeding, using a small aircraft, will be done by an
Israeli company, Necorett, which has expertise in the field.
Initially, a budget of Rs.65 million has been approved for the
venture which would be hiked to Rs.120 million, if required.
Presently, Mumbai has received enough rainfall to sustain the
city's water needs for another 250 days only, or up to
According to BMC, so far, only 831,318 million gallons of water is
available, against last year's 1,010,768 million gallons and
996,708 million gallons the year before.
The previous bad year was 2009 with 727,843 million gallons which
had played havoc with Mumbaikars the following year (2010).
Taking precautions well in advance, BMC has imposed a 10 percent
water cut since last month.
It is also insisting on rain water harvesting in industrial and
residential complexes, reviving many of the 10,000-odd wells and
tubewells to cater to local requirements and other measures for
the 18 million people.
If the cloud-seeding efforts bear rains, BMC is hopeful of
scraping the next summer (2013) with minimum inconvenience to the