Lahore marked a historic milestone on Saturday with its inaugural attempt at artificial rain, as announced by Punjab’s interim Chief Minister, Mohsin Naqvi.
During a press conference in Lahore, the interim CM stated that this event signifies the country’s first successful foray into artificial rain, transforming the city, formerly one of the most polluted, with its maiden artificial rainfall experience.
Naqvi clarified that no additional funding was allocated for this initiative but expressed readiness to invest if necessary to combat smog. Artificial rain graced approximately 10 areas of Lahore, covering a designated area of 10 to 15 kilometers.
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Acknowledging the Environment Department and the UAE team for their comprehensive oversight, Naqvi expressed gratitude for their efforts leading to the eagerly anticipated outcome.
Explaining the process, Naqvi revealed the deployment of 48 flares for cloud seeding, specifically targeting the Shahdara area.
Looking forward, Naqvi highlighted the upcoming installation of smog towers and emphasized the experimental nature and potential impact of artificial rain, currently under observation for both short-term and long-term effects. Results from the artificial rain experiment are anticipated tonight.
Naqvi shared details about the cloud seeding mission, conducted earlier, guiding clouds towards Shahdara and Muridke.