Water level across major reservoirs dips by 1 per cent

May 04, 2018, 07:50 IST | PTI

There is 35.219 billion cubic metres (BCM) of water available in the reservoirs (as of today), according to a statement issued by the ministry

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The water level in 91 major reservoirs across India has gone down to 22 per cent of their total storage capacity from 23 per cent last week, the Union Water Resources Ministry said today. There is 35.219 billion cubic metres (BCM) of water available in the reservoirs (as of today), according to a statement issued by the ministry. The latest levels in the reservoirs are 85 per cent of the storage reported in the corresponding period last year, the ministry said. It is also 90 per cent of the decadal average of the storage.

The reservoirs in states such as Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana have reported lower water levels than last year. Major dams in Rajasthan, West Bengal, Tripura, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have reported better storage vis-a-vis last year.

The total storage capacity of all the major reservoirs is 161.993 BCM, which is about 63 per cent of the total storage capacity of 257.812 BCM, estimated to have been created in the country. Of the total major reservoirs, 37 have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.

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