Source: News Bharati English31 Mar 2017 11:31:51

New Delhi, March 31: The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on March 30, was 55.632 BCM, which is 33% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This was 133% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 102% of storage of average of last ten years. However, this percentage was at 35 for the week ending on March 23, 2017.
However, 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.

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 4.13 BCM which is 23% 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 30% of a 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 10.19 BCM which is 54% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 36% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 40% of a 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 the total live storage capacity of 27.07 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 11.59 BCM which is 43% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 22% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 42% of a 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 the total live storage capacity of 42.30 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 19.54 BCM which is 46% of a total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 32% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 31% of a 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 the total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 7.18 BCM which is 14% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 17% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 27% of a live storage capacity of these reservoirs.

Embeded ObjectNotably, States having better storage than last year for a corresponding period are Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, AP&TG and Telangana. States having lesser storage than last year for a corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.