While the India Meteorological Department predicted that this year’s summers will be the hottest, its effects can be seen already. The water level in reservoirs across the country are recorded very low this week.
A report released by the government on Friday said that the water level in major 91 reservoirs of the country has fallen to 22 percent of their total capacity. It is evident that by making this statement, the government was trying to hint towards the problem that we will be facing in the future.
According to the Union Water Resources Ministry, 34.082 billion cubic metre (BCM) of water was available in these reservoirs for the week ending April 21. Their total capacity is 157.799 BCM.
Going with the records, the water level has gone down by 35 percent when compared to the stock which was available last year. And it has gone down by 24 percent as compared to the 10 year average storage levels for the same period.
The states that have reported low level of water as compared to the last year are; Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Andhra Pradesh and Tripura, are the only two states that have reported the better storage of water as compared to the same period last year. Also, West Bengal has reported some water storage. For the week that ended on April 13, the stock was 23 percent or 35.839 BCM of their total storage capacity.
The estimated water storage capacity of all the reservoirs in the country is 253.88 BCM. 37 major reservoirs have hydro-power benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.