Storage of important reservoirs in the country

for Ministry of Water Resources | Date - 02-02-2007

Central Water Commission (CWC) under Ministry of Water Resources is monitoring storage position of 76 important reservoirs spread all over the country, of which as many as 31 reservoirs have significant hydro-power benefits with installed capacity of more than 60 MW each. The combined live storage in these 76 reservoirs at the beginning of monsoon i.e. 1st June, 2006 was 22 per cent of their designed capacity and stood at 60 per cent of the designed capacity as on 25th January 2007. The present storage is 100 per cent of the last year’s storage and 123 per cent of last 10 years average storage during the same period. Out of these 76 reservoirs there are presently 10 reservoirs where this year’s storage is 80 per cent or less than the average of previous 10 years and in the remaining 66 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.

Basinwise storage position as on 25th January’07 is as follows:

The storage position in ten basins namely Indus, Ganga, Tapi, Mahi, Sabarmati, Narmada, Rivers of Kutch, Godavari, Krishna, Mahanadi and Neighbouring East Flowing Rivers, Cauvery and Neighbouring East flowing Rivers and West Flowing rivers of South is better than average of previous 10 years.

Out of 31 reservoirs with significant hydro potential, 7 reservoirs have storage build up less than the average of last 10 years capacity and no reservoir has negative storage i.e. less than MDDL.

(Release ID :24506)

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