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Poor monsoon Water level dips to 32 in 91 big reservoirs

The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country as on February 25, 2016 was 51.2 billion cubic meters (BCM) which is 32 per cent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This was 77 per cent of the storage of corresponding period of last year.
Poor monsoon Water level dips to 32 in 91 big reservoirs

Amid back to back deficient monsoon, the water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country as on February 25, 2016 was 51.2 billion cubic meters (BCM) which is 32 per cent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This was 77 per cent of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 76 per cent of storage of average of last ten years.  

The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 157.799 BCM which is about 62 per cent 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 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 total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 5.89 BCM which is 33 per cent of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 31 per cent and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 37 per cent of live storage capacity.

Eastern Region
The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 8.95 BCM which is 48 per cent of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 59 per cent and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 54 per cent of live storage capacity.  

Western Region

The western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 27.07 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 7.84 BCM which is 29 per cent of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 48 per cent and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 53 per cent of live storage capacity.  

Central Region
The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 42.30 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 16.91 BCM which is 40 per cent of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 49 per cent and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 37 per cent of live storage capacity. 

Southern Region
The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 11.61 BCM which is 23 per cent of total live storage. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 31 per cent and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 40 per cent of live storage capacity.

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

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