Shimla: Anti-hail gun had been installed and the pilot project had been successfully test fired, Narinder Bragta, horticulture minister let the Vidhan Sabha know today.
Replication of the project at a cost of Rs 27 crore would be extended to the entire state but it would depend upon the success of the pilot project in protecting fruit crops in Rohru, Jubbal and Kotkhai where 3 anti-hail guns have been installed, he said.
The minister was replying to a question raised by Rakesh Verma, an independent member from Theog.
He said that initially three anti-hailgun have been installed at Deorighat village in Rohru subdivision, Kathasu in Jubbal and Bareonghat of Khtkahi areas in this district.
He said that each anti hail guns would cover about 80-100 hectares of areas which can disperse the hail clouds up in the area.
Minister informed that shockwave created by the explosion of acetylene gas would not damage the environment as it anti-hailgun is
He said the technology had been procured from M/s Newton System International U.S.A through their authorized representatives in India, M/s Global Aviation Consultations of Hyderabad.
State government has signed agreement with the M/s Global Aviation on April 3, 2010 to supply each anti-hail gun for Rs. 2.35 crore.
Jubbal and Kotkhai, which produces 45 % of the states apple crop had been selected to start the anti-hail-gun on a pilot basis, said