Latest Storage Position of Important Reservoirs in the Country
Central Water commission is monitoring storage position of 81 important reservoirs spread all over the country, of which as many as 36 reservoirs are having significant hydro-power benefits with installed capacities of more than 60MW each. The combined live storage in these 81 reservoirs at the beginning of monsoon i.e. 1.6.2011 was 24% of their designed capacity and stood at 27% of designed capacity as on today. The present storage is 202% of last year’s storage and 180% of last 10 years average storage during the same period. Out of these 81 reservoirs there are presently 15 reservoirs where this year’s storage is less than 80% of the average of previous 10 years and in remaining 66 reservoirs the storage is more than 80% of the average of previous 10 years. In order to derive the best possible benefits from the available water, Central Water Commission is keeping in touch with the Department of Agriculture and Co-operation and providing information of the weekly storage position to the Crop Weather Watch Group for evolving suitable crop strategies and also appraising the situation to various Departments and Ministries involved in Water Resources Planning.
Basin wise storage position as on today as follows:
• Storage position in Indus, Ganga, Mahanadi & Neighboring EFRs, Narmada, Tapi, Rivers of Kutch, Godavari, Krishna, Cauvery & neighboring EFRs and West Flowing Rivers of south basins is better than average of previous 10 years; and
• Storage position in Mahi and Sabarmati basin is deficient from average of previous 10 years.
Out of 36 reservoirs with significant hydro potential, 7 reservoirs have storage build up less than the average of last 10 years.