Water Level In 91 Major Reservoirs Dips To 22 %

22/04/2016 10:05 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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BHOPAL, INDIA - APRIL 11: Over the years, many residents in Kolar region have devised many ways to take out water from the Kolar pipeline that passes through the area, the 34 km long Kolar pipeline brings water from Kolar dam reservoir to Bhopal, on April 11, 2015 in Bhopal, India. Due to a sharp drop in ground water levels and rapidly shrinking reservoirs during the current summer season, people in the State capital and in many other parts of Madhya Pradesh are facing a severe water crisis. (Photo by Praveen Bajpai/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The water level in 91 major reservoirs across the country has dipped to 22 per cent of their total capacity, government said on Friday.

According to Union Water Resources Ministry, 34.082 billion cubic metre (BCM) of water was available in these reservoirs for the week ending April 21. Their total capacity is 157.799 BCM.

The levels are 35 per cent less than the stock available in the corresponding period last year and 24 per cent less than the 10-year average storage levels for the same period, the Ministry said.

Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab, Odisha, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala have reported lower levels of water in major reservoirs compared to last year.

Only two states, Andhra Pradesh and Tripura, have reported better storage vis-a-vis last year for the same period. West Bengal has reported same storage.

For the week ending on April 13, the stock was at 35.839 BCM or 23 per cent of their total storage capacity.

The estimated water storage capacity of all reservoirs in the country is 253.88 BCM. 37 major reservoirs have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.

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