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Water level drops in 91 major reservoirs: Details

  Water storage level of India's 91 major reservoirs have dropped to 20% of their storage capacity, shows government data. This is well below the 10-year average; a result of decline in rainfall over the last few years. The northern and southern parts of India are worst affected. Details: 1. The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on May 10, 2018 was 33.186 BCM which is 20% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 22 for the week ending on May 3, 2018. 2. The level of water storage in the week ending on May 10, 2018 was 88% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 92% of storage of average of last ten years. 3. The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.993 BCM which is about 63% of the total storage capacity of 257.812 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country. 4. As many as 37 reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW. 5. The northern region (Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan) has six reservoirs under Central Water Commission (CWC) monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 3.19 BCM which is 18% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. 6. The eastern region (Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura) has 15 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having…

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Water storage level of India’s 91 major reservoirs have dropped to 20% of their storage capacity, shows government data.

This is well below the 10-year average; a result of decline in rainfall over the last few years.

The northern and southern parts of India are worst affected.

Details:

1. The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on May 10, 2018 was 33.186 BCM which is 20% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 22 for the week ending on May 3, 2018.

2. The level of water storage in the week ending on May 10, 2018 was 88% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 92% of storage of average of last ten years.

3. The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.993 BCM which is about 63% of the total storage capacity of 257.812 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country.

4. As many as 37 reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.

5. The northern region (Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan) has six reservoirs under Central Water Commission (CWC) monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 3.19 BCM which is 18% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs.

6. The eastern region (Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura) has 15 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 5.85 BCM which is 31% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs.

7. The western region (Gujarat and Maharashtra) has 27 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 31.26 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 6.36 BCM which is 20% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs.

8. The central region (Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh) has 12 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 42.30 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 10.94 BCM which is 26% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs.

9. The southern region [Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, AP&TG (two combined projects in both states), Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu] has 31 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 6.85 BCM which is 13% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs.

10. States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Rajasthan, West Bengal, Tripura, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, AP&TG (two combined projects in both states), Andhra Pradesh Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

11. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh,Punjab, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana.

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