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Storage Status of 91 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on August 20, 2015

The Water storage available in 91 important reservoirs of the country as on August 20, 2015 was 91.073 BCM which is 58% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This storage is 88% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 92% of storage of average of last ten years. The present storage position during current year is better than the storage position of last year and is also better than the storage of average of last ten years.

The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 157.799 BCM which is about 62% of the total storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country.

REGION WISE STORAGE STATUS:

NORTHERN REGION
The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are 6 reservoirs having total storage capacity of 18.01 BCM under CWC monitoring in this region. As per Reservoir Storage Bulletin dated 20.08.2015, the total storage available in these reservoirs is 16.26 BCM which is 90% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 78% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 71% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

EASTERN REGION
The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs having total storage capacity of 18.83 BCM under CWC monitoring in this region. As per Reservoir Storage Bulletin dated 20.08.2015, the total storage available in these reservoirs is 9.43 BCM which is 50% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 64% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 52% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

WESTERN REGION
The Western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs having total storage capacity of 27.07 BCM under CWC monitoring in this region. As per Reservoir Storage Bulletin dated 20.08.2015, the total storage available in these reservoirs is 15.89 BCM which is 59% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 61% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 66% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years.

CENTRAL REGION
The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs having total storage capacity of 42.30 BCM under CWC monitoring in this region. As per Reservoir Storage Bulletin dated 20.08.2015, the total storage available in these reservoirs is 31.36 BCM which is 74% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 73% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 53% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the storage of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years.

SOUTHERN REGION
The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, (Two combined projects in both states) Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs having total storage capacity of 51.59 BCM under CWC monitoring in this region. As per Reservoir Storage Bulletin dated 20.08.2015, the total storage available in these reservoirs is 18.13 BCM which is 35% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 58% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 69% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Jharkhand, Odisha, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana (Two combined project in both states), , Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

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