M. Malleswara Rao

HYDERABAD: All the 275 engineering colleges affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), 87 Jawahar Knowledge Centres (JKC) and Green Corps units in schools will be involved in verifying claims of rainfall caused by cloud-seeding operations next month.

These claims were strongly disputed last year on the ground that there were deficiencies in collecting samples of rain water from places where cloud-seeding was done. As arrangements are on to launch operations from September 7, the JNTU, the nodal agency for the exercise, has prepared an action plan to take care of this verification. It will arrange to collect rainwater in bottles within an hour of the rainfall by identified engineering students or the 4,500 JKC candidates or the Green Corps volunteers.