91 major reservoirs water storage level goes down 1% 

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By Accommodation Times Bureau

NEW DELHI:

The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on April 11, 2019, was 46.513 BCM, which is 29% of the total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 30% for the week ending on April 4, 2019. The level of water storage in the week ending on April 11, 2019, was 113% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 103% of storage of average of last ten year, Ministry of Water Resources said in a statement.

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. 37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with an installed capacity of more than 60 MW, it added.

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 8.75 BCM which is 49% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 20% and the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 26% 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 the 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 7.45 BCM which is 40% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 42% and the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 38% of the live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during the current year is less than the corresponding period of last year but is better than the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period.

Western region:

The Western region includes the States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 31.26 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 6.54 BCM which is 21% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 28% and the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 31% of the live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during the current year is less than the storage of last year and is also less than the average storage of the 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 13.48 BCM which is 32% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 29% and the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 31% 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 the 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 10.30 BCM which is 20% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 17% and the average storage of the 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 corresponding period of last year and is equal to the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period.

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





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