India is under an alarming situation considering the low water level in major water reservoirs countrywide. A data provided by the Central Water Commission on live storage of water show that only 23% of total capacity is available, and this is noticeably below than that of last year.
Major Water Reservoirs & Live Storage
Central Water Commission (CWC) the technical organization under the guidance of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, supervises live storage status of 91 major reservoirs in the country. In the weekly report released by CWC shows the water levels in those 91 major reservoirs all through the country are frighteningly low. The live storage capacity of these reservoirs is 157.799 BCM (Billion Cubic Meters) or 62% of the live storage capacity that is estimated to have been created in India. But the latest report released on April 13, 2016 shows the amount of live storage available is only 35.839 BCM or just 23% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs.
What Experts Saying
Experts attribute the exhausting fall of water levels in reservoirs to two years of poor rainfall in India. Though on Tuesday, Indian meteorological department announced this year monsoon is likely to be ‘above normal’, which may increase the water levels.
Most Affected Regions
This fall of water level has affected the western and southern regions of India the most. The live storage level in 27 reservoirs of the western region, which includes Maharashtra and Gujarat, is just 18% per cent compared to last year’s 36%. And the southern region is in even more worse condition, with water levels at 15% in 31 reservoirs of this region. In fact, four reservoirs three in Maharashtra and one in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (combined project in both States) are left completely without water at the present moment.
The central and eastern regions have storage levels greater than 30% which is far better considering the national average. Overall, 74 of the total 91 reservoirs have storage levels quite lower than the average of last ten years. Studying conditions of the States, excluding West Bengal, Tripura and Madhya Pradesh, all other 16 States housing these major water reservoirs have below normal storage levels.