NEW DELHI: Water stock available in 91 major reservoirs in the country is at 49 per cent of the total storage capacity and 21 per cent less than levels reported during corresponding period last year.
According to a statement issued by Union Water Resources Ministry, as on December 17, water stock available across major reservoirs was 76.926 billion cubic metres (BCM) as against the total storage capacity of 157.799 BCM.
The current stock is 75 per cent of the 10-year average for the corresponding period.
States having lesser storage than last year are Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tripura have reported better storage vis-a-vis last year.