Source: News Bharati English09 Jan 2017 15:48:38

New Delhi, December 3: The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on January 05, 2017 was 89.348BCM, which is 57% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This was 126% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 98% of storage of average of last ten years.
The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 157.799 BCM which is about 62% of the total storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country. 37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.

Region wise storage status is as follows:

Northern Region

The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Rajasthan. There are 6 reservoirs under Central Water Commission (CWC) monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 8.1 BCM which is 45% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 53% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 54% of the live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during the current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

Eastern Region

The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 14.75 BCM which is 78% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 58% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 69% of the live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during the current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

Western Region

The Western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 27.07 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 18.35 BCM which is 68% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 40% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 64% of the live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during the current year is better than the storage of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

Central Region

The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 42.30 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 30.70 BCM which is 73% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 55% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 53% of the live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during the current year is better than the storage of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

Southern Region

The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states) Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 17.45 BCM which is 34% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 31% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 56% of the live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during the current year is better than the corresponding period of last year but is less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

States having better storage than last year for the corresponding period are Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka. The state having equal storage than last year for corresponding period is Uttarakhand. States having lesser storage than last year for the corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.