The Punjab government has announced the implementation of artificial rain in Lahore, targeting the severe smog problem affecting over 11 million residents.
Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi during a meeting with a delegation from the United Arab Emirates led by Ahmed Al Kamal, the head of the Cloud Seeding Team. CM Naqvi expressed his gratitude for the UAE’s cooperation, particularly highlighting the contributions of the Cloud Seeding Team.
The Chief Minister emphasized the success of the first experiment of artificial rain in Lahore, which significantly improved air quality levels in the city. He remarked that the cloud seeding team is now crucial to Pakistan’s environmental strategy to combat smog. Looking forward, CM Naqvi expressed optimism about the upcoming experiment scheduled for January, dependent on favorable weather conditions.
The UAE delegation, in turn, expressed their deep affection for Pakistan, reinforcing the strong bond between the two nations.
Artificial rain, or cloud seeding, is a technique used for weather modification by inducing precipitation. This method involves introducing substances into clouds to encourage raindrop formation.
The Punjab government previously conducted a successful test for artificial rain in Lahore on December 16, aiming to reduce smog. In a media briefing, CM Naqvi acknowledged the UAE’s assistance in this endeavour, noting that approximately 10% of Lahore received rainfall due to the cloud seeding experiment, which utilized 48 flares. He also thanked the Environment Department and the UAE team for supporting this innovative approach to environmental challenges.