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Water level in country's 91 major reservoirs dips to 22 per cent: Government

India TV News Desk 23 Apr 2016, 9:35:40 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: Trouble for drought hit states does not seem to pipe down as the government on Friday said that the water level in major reservoirs across the country has dipped to 22 per cent of their total capacity.

The reservoirs that have the total capacity of holding up to 157.799 082 billion cubic metre (BCM) of water are now left with just 157.799 BCM, according to Union Water Resources Ministry.

The levels are 35 per cent less than the stock available in the corresponding period last year and 24 per cent less than the 10-year average storage levels for the same period, the ministry said.

Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab, Odisha, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala have reported lower levels of water in major reservoirs compared to last year.

Only two states, Andhra Pradesh and Tripura, have reported better storage vis-a-vis last year for the same period. West Bengal has reported same storage.

For the week ending on April 13, the stock was at 35.839 BCM or 23 per cent of their total storage capacity.

The estimated water storage capacity of all reservoirs in the country is 253.88 BCM. 37 major reservoirs have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.

(With PTI inputs)