Storage Position of Important Reservoirs
Central Water Commission is monitoring storage position of 82 important reservoirs spread all over the country, of which as many as 37 reservoirs are having significant hydro-power benefits with installed capacities of more than 60 MW each. The combined live storage in these 81 reservoirs at the beginning of monsoon i.e. 1.6.2011 was 24 per cent of their designed capacity and stood at 55 per cent of designed capacity as on 25.01.2012. The present storage is 89 per cent of last year’s storage and 122 per cent of last 10 years average storage during the same period. Out of these 82 reservoirs there are presently 13 reservoirs where this year’s storage is 80 per cent or less of the average of previous 10 years and in remaining 69 reservoirs the storage is more than 80 per cent 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 25.01.12 is as follows:
The storage position in Ganga, Indus, Narmada, Tapi, Mahi, Sabarmati, Rivers of Kutch, Cauvery and neighbouring EFRs, Mahanadi and neighbouring EFRs and West Flowing Rivers of south basins are better than average of previous 10 years and Godavari and Krishna basins are close to normal.
Out of 37 reservoirs with significant hydro potential, 13 reservoirs have storage build up less than the average of last 10 years.