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Artificial rain: Climatologist urges Govt. to conduct a trial first

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A senior climatologist in the committee that studied a proposal to produce artificial rain for hydropower generation has urged the Government to conduct a thorough cost-benefit analysis and environmental impact study before taking the project beyond its trial stage.

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) this week signed an agreement to facilitate the rainmaking initiative with technical expertise from the Thai Government. The project is expected to benefit Sri Lanka in periods of drought to avoid buying expensive power from independent power producers, Power and Energy Minister Ravi Karunanayake was quoted as saying.

But Ranjith Punyawardena, Principal Climatologist of the Department of Agriculture, expressed caution, saying the Government must not go beyond a pilot project before analysing whether the high cost initiative would have the required result of producing sufficient rainfall for hydropower generation. Continue reading Artificial rain: Climatologist urges Govt. to conduct a trial first

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