Water level in 91 major reservoirs dips to half their capacity

27 January 2017, 05:00 PM
India faces droughts in future as water level in 91 major reservoirs dips to half their capacity
India faces droughts in future as water level in 91 major reservoirs dips to half their capacity

The water levels in 91 major reservoirs in the country have dipped to 51 per cent of their total capacity, the government said on Friday.

According to a statement issued by Union Water Resources Ministry, 80.597 billion cubic metres (BCM) of water was available in these reservoirs for the week ending on January 25.

The stock was 127 per cent of the storage reported during the corresponding period last year, while it is 100 per cent of the decadal average, the Ministry said.

Last week, the 82.915 billion cubic metres (BCM) of water was available in these reservoirs.

The total capacity of the reservoirs is 157.799 BCM.

The states which have recorded less storage vis-a-vis the corresponding period last year are Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, while Uttarakhand and Karnataka reported equal water stock levels for the same time span.

Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana have reported better stock compared to last year.

First Published: Friday, January 27, 2017 04:53 PM
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