NEW DELHI: With southern a states, especially Tamil Nadu, facing worst drought in several years, in what could concern the states more is dropping level of water in 31 reservoirs as water storage available is just 7 percent of the total capacity of these reservoirs.
The situation seems better in the rest of the country when compared to last year. The data released by Central Water Commission shows that water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on June 8 was 31.862 BCM (billion cubic meters), which is 20 percent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs.
This percentage was at 21 percent for last week. The level 130 percent of the storage of corresponding period of last year.
The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 157.799 BCM which is about 62 percent of the total storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country.
37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.
The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 10 percent.
"Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period," said the water commission.
States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.