Water reserves deplete further across India

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New Delhi: Since the last report by सिर्फ़ News on the alarming condition of water levels across the country, the situation has worsened.

The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending 18 May was 35.622 billion cubic metres (bcm), which is 23% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 24 for the week ending on 11 May. The level of 18 May was 123% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 104% of storage of average of last 10 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. 37 reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with an installed capacity of more than 60 MW.

Water level in northern areas

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 4.25 bcm which is 24% of a total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 21% and average storage of last 10 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 10 years during the corresponding period.

East

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 5.88 bcm which is 31% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 25% and average storage of last 10 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 corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last 10 years during the corresponding period.

West

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 7.19 bcm which is 27% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 15% and average storage of last 10 years during the corresponding period was 27% 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 10 years during the corresponding period.

Centre

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 14.27 bcm, which is 34% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 26% and average storage of last 10 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 10 years during the corresponding period.

South

The southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, AP&TG (2 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 4.04 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 10 years during the corresponding period was 18% 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 10 years during the corresponding period.

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