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4 pct increase in water storage level of 91 major reservoirs in India

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


Government Press Release 13 Jul 2018, 11:30 AM India
4 pct increase in water storage level of 91 major reservoirs in India
  • 37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with an installed capacity of more than 60 MW. (Image Credit: Twitter)

The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on July 12, 2018, was 38.157 BCM which is 24% of the total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 20% for the week ending on July 05, 2018. The level of water storage in the week ending on July 12, 2018, was 107% of the storage of the corresponding period of last year and 99% of storage of average of last ten years.

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. 

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 3.07 BCM which is 17% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 33% and average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 35% 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 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 3.22 BCM which is 17% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 19% and average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 19% 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 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 5.56 BCM which is 18% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 23% and average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 21% 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 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 9.65 BCM which is 23% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 28% and average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 24% 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.

 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 16.66 BCM which is 32% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 14% and average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 24% 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.

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