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Mausakelle and Castlereagh - CEB suspends artificial rain project

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The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has suspended the project to trigger artificial rain over the Mausakelle and Castlereagh catchment area, a senior CEB officer told Daily Mirror today.

He said the project was temporarily halted because the clouds over these catchment areas did not contain sufficient moisture to trigger artificial rain.

“We are in the process of identifying areas which need artificial rain. As far as triggering artificial rain in the Maussakele and Castlereagh catchment area is concerned, we have to further examine whether it is worthwhile to continue as there is no moisture in the clouds,” he said.

CEB Deputy General Manager Hemantha Ranasinghe said some Rs.3 million had been spent on this research project which would continue with the availability of suitable conditions.

“Discussions on this research project began in 2017 with technical assistance from Thailand,” he said.

Chemicals were sprayed to trigger artificial rain over the Maussakele and Castlereagh catchment areas on Fridayand Saturday with the assistance of the Air Force.

The Air Force used a Y12 plane to spray the clouds with chemicals at an altitude of 8,000 feet resulting in an hour of rain in the Maussakele catchment area. (Sheain Fernandopulle and Ranjith Rajapksha)

 

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  • Shiiraan Nooramith Tuesday, 26 March 2019 05:49 PM

    CEB should look to form artificial clouds now over these reservoirs.

    mnsmart Tuesday, 26 March 2019 07:17 PM

    There are plenty of dark clouds over CEB

    Venom Tuesday, 26 March 2019 07:32 PM

    And not even a silver lining!

    Unchikun Tuesday, 26 March 2019 08:05 PM

    Rain, leave it to Allah!

    Chari Wednesday, 27 March 2019 09:16 AM

    Rain has to come down normally. Protect the Forests for rain fall.

    Sunil Wednesday, 27 March 2019 06:25 PM

    As with all other undertakings of the present regime, this, too, was a farce.

    Karthic Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:59 AM

    Protect the Forests...! I guess the Nature would do the rest..!


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