Rajasthan plans Cloud-Seeding for artificial rain

Rajasthan is planning for Cloud-Seeding for artificial rain after Monsoon below normal this year and five district of western rajasthan already declared drought affected this week by Rajasthan Govt. India Meteorological Department(IMD) has forecast a 23% deficient monsoon this year. Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Resources' subsidiary and the world's largest manufacturer of zinc, has started cloud-seeding experiments in Rajasthan as per report from English daily Times of India(ToI) and Hindi daily Rajasthan Patrika. As per report Hindustan zinc has got all clrearance for its experiment for Cloud-Seeding and waiting for proper time to spray Sodium Chloride(Salt) used for Cloud-Cladding.
"We are exploring the possibility of cloud-seeding in Bhilwara, Rajsamand and Chittorgarh districts of Rajasthan. The state has seen scarce rainfall and we hope our experiments yield rains in the state," said Pavan Kaushik, head, corporate communication, Hindustan Zinc. The company has its mining and melting operation in Bhilwara, Rajsamand, Udaipur and Chittorgarh districts. Bangalore-based Agni Aero Sports, which worked with Andhra Pradesh (2004-2009) and Karnataka (2003-04) governments to induce artificial rains, is carrying out similar experiments in Rajasthan. Vedanta group is first organization to conduct this test at own cost without govt. aids. Total cost for cloud seeding is expected from 15 to 20 Crore.
What is Cloud Seeding: Cloud seeding, a form of intentional weather modification, is the attempt to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from clouds, by dispersing substances into the air that serve as cloud condensation or ice nuclei, which alter the microphysical processes within the cloud. The usual intent is to increase precipitation (rain or snow), but hail and fog suppression are also widely practiced in airports. The Largest cloud seeding system in the world is that of the People's Republic of China, which believes that it increases the amount of rain over several increasingly arid regions, including its capital city, Beijing, by firing silver iodide rockets into the sky where rain is desired. Other major users are America, Euroian countries and Australia.