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Total live storage capacity of Indian water reservoirs is 257.812 BCM.

Water Storage level goes down by 3% in 91 Indian reservoirs

By Aysha  •  

The water storage levels as on January 10, 2019, in 91 reservoirs of India was 80.395 BCM. This is equivalent to 50% of the total storage capacity of these major reservoirs.

This percentage was at 53 for the last week that ended on January 03, 2019.

The total water storage capacity of these 91 major reservoirs is 161.993 BCM. It amounts for 63% of the total storage capacity of 257.812 BCM, which is expected to have been produced in the country.

Out of these 91 reservoirs, 37 of them have hydropower benefit with an installed capacity of over 60 MW.

In the northern states like Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab, there are 6 reservoirs under CWC (Central Water Commission) monitoring. These 6 reservoirs have a total of 18.02 BCM live storage capacity. The total live storage in these reservoirs is 11.62 BCM.

This live storage is 65% of the total live storage capacity. The present year storage in the northern region is better than the past years as the average storage of the last ten years was 51% of total storage capacity.

In the Eastern states like Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Tripura, there are 15 reservoirs under CWC monitoring. The total live storage capacity of these reservoirs is 18.83 BCM. The available storage in these reservoirs is 11.79 BCM.

This live storage is 63% of the total live storage capacity. The present year storage in the eastern region is less than the past years as the average storage of the last ten years was 56% of total storage capacity.

In the western states including Gujarat and Maharashtra, there are 27 reservoirs under CWC monitoring. The total live storage capacity on these reservoirs is 31.26 BCM. The available storage in these reservoirs is 11.88 BCM.

This live storage is 38% of the total live storage capacity. The present year storage in the western region is less than the past years as the average storage of the last ten years was 53% of total storage capacity.

In the states of the central region like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh there are 12 reservoirs under CWC monitoring. The total live storage capacity on these reservoirs is 42.30 BCM. The available storage in these reservoirs is 22.95 BCM.

This live storage is 54% of the total live storage capacity. The storage this year is better than the last year as the storage during the corresponding period of last year was 47% of total storage capacity.

In the southern states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, there are 31 reservoirs under CWC monitoring. The total live storage capacity on these reservoirs is 51.59 BCM. The available storage in these reservoirs is 22.15 BCM.

This live storage is 43% of the total live storage capacity. The storage this year is less than that the last year as the storage during the corresponding period of last year was 50% of total storage capacity.

In the corresponding period of the previous year, the water storage in these 91 Indian reservoirs was 84.241 BCM as of Jan 4, 2018. It was equivalent to 52% of the total water capacity of these reservoirs. So by comparing with the last year, the total water storage has gone down by 1%.

Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu are the states which have better storage than the corresponding period of last year.

Rajasthan is the only state which has storage same as the last year for the corresponding period.

States which have lesser storage than last year include Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Kerala.

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