Source: News Bharati English16 Jun 2017 16:23:48

New Delhi, June 16: Many parts of India face the water issues and in other hands, some parts are benefited with an excess amount of water. Those who have at excess don’t understand the value of preserving that. It’s time for all to get together and stop wasting water unnecessarily as the only 20% of total storage capacity is available in 91 major reservoirs of the country.

People are eagerly waiting to get monsoon continues so that the water in the reservoirs start increasing. Water being basic needs, many states and villages are suffering from lack of water. Even though monsoon kicked off in various places, water issues are still observed. India needs more rain this monsoon to cope up with water shortage.

The total of 30.903 BCM means 20% of total storage capacity is available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on June 15, 2017. Last week ending on June 8, 2017, the storage was the storage was same as this week.

The level of June 15, 2017, was 126% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 107% 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. 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 six reservoirs under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 4.82 BCM which is 27% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 23% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 28% 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.

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 3.76 BCM which is 20% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 18% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 16% 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 5.95 BCM which is 22% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 11% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 20% 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 12.50 BCM which is 30% 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 15% 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 a total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 3.88 BCM which is 8 % of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 11% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 17% 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.

States having better storage than last year for the corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana. States having equal storage than last year for a corresponding period are AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states). States having lesser storage than last year for a corresponding period are Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.