Source: News Bharati English11 Feb 2017 16:43:24

New Delhi, February 11: The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on February 9, was 74.977 BCM, which is 48% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This was 127% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 102% 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 an 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 CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 6.41 BCM which is 36% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 39% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 41% 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 13.05 BCM which is 69% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 51% 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 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 16.63 BCM which is 61% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 34% 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 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 25.64 BCM which is 61% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 48% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 42% 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 and 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 13.26 BCM which is 26% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 25% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 43% 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, AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states), Telangana and Karnataka. States having lesser storage than last year for the corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.