Monsoon we need you more as only 20% of water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of country
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 09-Jun-2017

New Delhi, June 9: 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. In this week only 20% of total storage capacity is available in 91 major reservoirs of the country. People are eagerly waiting for the monsoon to get continue so that the water issues get solved.

The total of 31.862 BCM means 20% of total storage capacity is available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on June 8, 2017. Last week ending on June 1, 2017, the storage was 21% which go down 1% for the week ending on June 8, 2017.

The level of June 08, 2017 was 130% 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 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 4.72 BCM which is 26% of a 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 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 4.31 BCM which is 23% 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 17% 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 6.00 BCM which is 22% 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 21% 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 13.04 BCM which is 31% 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 17% 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&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 3.79 BCM which is 7 % of a total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 10% and average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period was 17% 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.

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