Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh may soon witness artificial rain from artificially seeded clouds – an idea by IIT Kanpur in a bid to combat the overhauling air pollution that has gasped the country, and especially northern India – raising air pollution to a hazardous level.

Air pollution has now become one of the most serious problems – not just in India, but across the world. But things are way more serious in some northern parts of India – the uncontrollable and unbearable levels in Delhi, Haryana and northern states. This month, the pollution level in Lucknow has surged to the highest in country with the Air Quality Index (AQI) of 484. With a serious consideration, the UP state government has spontaneously asked premium science and technology institutes to explore options to combat the major air quality crisis.

Hence, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur stepped forward with an idea of creating artificial rain which can settle down the pollution particles present in air. According to an official from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, the institute has got the project on artificial rains from the Uttar Pradesh Council of Science and Technology a few months back and they have also received a grant of Rs 15 lakh to build this project. Making use of the grant, scientists at IIT Kanpur have now finished their experiments to plan artificial rains and can be expected to use their work to bring about artificial rains through cloud seeding in the state’s capital, Lucknow.

The idea is basically to make clouds artificially by using cloud seeding method and hence make it rain artificially. It’s a practice of artificially inducing or increasing precipitation through clouds by adding external agents. This stimulation is done by aeroplanes or rockets. The Director of IIT Kanpur, Manindra Agarwal said that the UP government has already asked Civil Aviation Ministry for its approval because artificial rains will need assistance from aviation sector for cloud cover. So it is going to rain artificially in Lucknow soon. Oh wait, wasn’t that the same idea by Delhi Government which got disapproved? Why? You be the judge.