New Delhi: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is considering making artificial rain after Diwali to deal with dangerous pollution in Delhi. A senior CPCB official told that they are in talks with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and the Indian Meteorological Department to make artificial rain after Diwali. After Diwali, pollution is expected to be in the 'severe more emergency' category. The CPCB member held a meeting with the transport officials and recommended the ban on the entry of heavy vehicles in Delhi till eight to 10 November. Another official of CPCB said that these vehicles greatly increase the pollution.
The official said that they are waiting for the seasonal conditions to be stable and after that there will be 'cloud seeding' for artificial rain. Cloud seeding is a process, using various chemical elements including silver iodide, dry ice, and salt to make the current clouds thicker, thereby increasing the likelihood of precipitation or snowfall.
A professor of IIT Kanpur said that monsoon conditions are being monitored to be favorable for artificial rain. In the year 2016, the government tried to detect the possibility of cloud seeding for artificial rain, but the plan could not work. In the last year, the government proposed the perforation of water from the helicopter to reduce the dust.
Delhi's air quality has deteriorated in the last three weeks. Officials said that the air quality of Delhi was recorded as 'very bad' on Tuesday. In the event of 'very less toxic crackers' than the previous year, officials have warned of the increase in pollution level after Diwali. According to the Central Pollution Control Board data, the overall air quality index was recorded at 394 which falls in very poor category.