Come soon Monsoon! Only 24% of water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of country
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 12-May-2017

New Delhi, May 12: Water being basic needs, many states and villages are suffering from lack of water. People are looking forward to the monsoon. Water issues are more common in summer and in this week only 24% of total water storage capacity available in 91 major reservoirs of the country.

The total of 37.718 BCM means 24% of total storage capacity is available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on May 11, 2017. Last week ending on May 04, 2017, the storage was 26% which go down 2% for the week ending on May 11, 2017.

The previous year the average water storage available was only 19% of their capacities in key reservoirs. The average 10 years water storage is 103%. Out of 91 reservoirs, only 37 Reservoirs have hydropower benefit with an installed capacity of more than 60 MW.

REGION WISE STORAGE STATUS:-

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 4.34 BCM which is 24% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 20% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 29% of a 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.

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 6.92 BCM which is 37% of a total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 27% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 23% 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 a total live storage capacity of 27.07 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 7.78 BCM which is 29% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 16% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 29% of the live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during the current year is better than the storage of last year and is equal to 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 14.36 BCM which is 34% of a 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 22% 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) 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 4.32BCM which is 8 % of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 12% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 19% 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.

Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana are the states having better storage for this year as compared to previous year.

AP&TG is the states having equal storage than last year where Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu are the states with lesser storage.