Indigenous anti-hail gun prepared by scientists of IIT Mumbai and Horticulture University Nauni is ready to be tried for the first time to protect apples from hail. After testing at Kandaghat, indigenous anti-hail gun has been installed at Mandhol in Jubbal in Shimla district. During the testing, for the next two months, scientists will assess how effective the anti-hail gun is in protecting the apple crop from hail.
During March to May, hailstorm causes heavy damage to fruits and vegetables in hilly areas. Apples, plums, pears and cherries are damaged by hailstorms worth crores. Gardeners are using anti hail nets to protect against hail, but the cost is very high. Putting them on and taking them off is also a hassle. State Fruit Growers Association President Harish Chauhan said that indigenous anti-hail gun has been installed at Mandol in Jubbal for trial to save apple crop from hail. Demanded that the Horticulture Department should install anti-hail guns in all apple growing areas of the state.
Anti-hail guns will be installed at 12 more places if the budget is met: Specialist
Prof. Scientist of Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Mumbai. Sudarshan Kumar and Dr. SK Bhardwaj, Chairman, Department of Environmental Sciences, Dr. YS Parmar University Nauni said that after testing at Kandaghat, the anti-hail gun has been installed in Jubbal for testing. How effective it is in protecting the apple crop from hail will be tested. There is a plan to install anti-hail guns at 10 to 12 other places in the state. Its project has been sent to the Horticulture Department. If budget is available then it will be installed in other places also.
This is how anti hell gun works
Scientists have used missile and fighter aircraft running technology in indigenous anti-hail guns. On the lines of the gas turbine engine of an airplane and the rocket engine of a missile, the plus detonation engine has been used in this technology. In this, a mixture of LPG and air is fired with a mild explosion. Due to the explosion, a shock wave (shock wave) is created and goes into the atmosphere and the process of hail formation slows down due to the increase in temperature inside the clouds.
12 – 15 lakhs, including installation
IIT Bombay’s Anti Hell Gun is capable of producing an effect in an area of about one kilometer. The initial cost of this technology, including the installation of the hell gun, is around Rs 12-15 lakh, once installed, the cost of LPG is the same. LPG gas has been used to keep this technology cheap.