“JalShakti” for everyone! Center calls meeting with states on water scarcity

News Bharati    10-Jun-2019

New Delhi, Jun 10: Water inadequacy in India is on the alarming level. Due to the prolonged heat wave, the water levels in reservoirs across the country is decreased and the drought was declared in several parts of the country. To fight with this disaster, the center has summoned a meeting of Water Resources Ministers of States on June 11 to discuss the issue of water conservation, drinking water and, sanitation.

  
 
New Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who will chair the meeting, will seek co-operation of the states in overcoming the crisis that has attained severe proportions.
This meeting is more important because this is the 1st conference organized by the newly established Jal Shakti Ministry which is the assimilation of Water resources and Ganga River Rejuvenation Ministry with Drinking Water and Rural Sanitation Ministry.
Water is the most essential state subject, so the main agenda of the conference is water conservation but officials will also brainstorm about the attendance of the ministers due to short notice for the meeting.
The decision to assemble the meeting comes against the backdrop of grim position in the live storage status of 91 reservoirs in the country.
Here are some facts about the water level situation in the country-
  • An analysis by the Central Water Commission (CWC) shows that better than normal storage is available in Ganga, Indus, and the Narmada; close to normal in Mahi and Mahanadi and neighboring east flowing rivers and west flowing rivers of the south.
  • As of the latest data of the reservoirs, 37 reservoirs have hydropower benefit with an installed capacity of more than 60 megawatts (MW). The total live storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.993 billion cubic meters, which is about 63% of the live storage capacity of 257.812 BCM, which is estimated to have been created in the country.
  • An analysis by the Central Water Commission (CWC) shows that better than normal storage is available in Ganga, Indus, and the Narmada; close to normal in Mahi and Mahanadi and neighboring east flowing rivers and west flowing rivers of the south.
  • It is deficient in Sabarmati, rivers of Kutch, Godavari, Krishna and Cauvery, and neighboring east flowing rivers and highly deficient in Tapi.
  • The analysis also shows that the numbers of reservoirs having storage more than last year are 24 and reservoirs having storage more than average of the last ten years are 32.
  • The number of reservoirs having less than 20% with respect to last year is 12 and having storage less than 20% with the reference to the average of the last ten years is 19.
  • The number of reservoirs having storage less than or equal to 50% with respect to last year is 22 and having storage less than or equal to 50% with reference to the average of the last ten years is 28.