Kerala to go in for 'cloud seeding' to tackle drought: CM

The Kerala government plans to go for a ‘cloud seeding’ experiment to tackle the severe drought situation prevailing in the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the Assembly.

Replying to a notice for an adjournment motion on drought moved by Congress-led UDF Opposition, Vijayan said the state would take all possible steps including cloud seeding to tackle the situation, one of the worst in the last century.

“Cloud seeding has been found successful in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.State will also try for it,” Vijayan said, adding, “We do not know whether it is very costly or not.”

The UDF also supported the state initiative in this regard, but staged a walkout in protest against government’s refusal to discuss the ‘grave drought’ situation in the state.

Vijayan also rejected the Opposition charge that government has not taken steps to meet the situation and explained in detail various initiatives for drinking water supply and conservation of water sources in the state.

He assured the House that government would extend compensation to farmers who lost their crop due to drought.

Vijayan also wanted UDF not to politicise the matter and said government is committed to taking all possible steps.

(Agencies)