As summer is approaching, India’s major reservoirs have only one-third water

Water storage level of 91 major reservoirs of the country goes down by two percent

GN Bureau | March 9, 2018


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(Photo: Arun Kumar)
(Photo: Arun Kumar)

Though the summer is yet to set in, the 91 major reservoirs in the country are holding water equal to barely a third of their capacity, according the latest government data.

The water storage available in the 91 major reservoirs for the week ending on March 8 was 54.394 BCM which is 34% of their total storage capacity, ministry of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation said in a press statement on Friday. The figure was 36 percent the previous week.

The level of water storage in the week ending on March 8 was 89% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 91% 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. As many as 37 reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.

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