Source: News Bharati English07 Apr 2017 11:49:53

New Delhi, April 7: Summer has hit the nation hard, where Maharashtra and other states down South are experiencing around 40 degree Celsius heat all the day. 3 people have already succumbed to sunstroke in Maharashtra during the start of the first Summer which has resulted to depletion of water storage across nation.
The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week has come down from 50.435 BCM to 32% of the total storage capacity of these reservoirs.

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:-

NORTHERN REGION

The Northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan collectively. There are 6 reservoirs under Central Water Commission (CWC) monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM but currently contain 4.28 BCM which is 24% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 24%.

EASTERN REGION

The Eastern region includes states of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.83 BCM but currently contains 9.74 BCM which is 52% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 42%.

WESTERN REGION

The Western region includes states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 27.07 BCM but currently contains 11.07 BCM. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 21%.

CENTRAL REGION

The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 42.30 BCMand currently contains 18.76 BCM which is 44% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 31%.

SOUTHERN REGION

The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM but currently contains 6.58 BCM which is 13% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 16%.

States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.