Major rise in reservoir levels last week to wash away water problems
India's water problems this year might get solved sooner than expected.
During the last one week, the water level of 91 major reservoirs of the country has shown a significant rise.
The water storage available in these reservoirs was 18% of their capacity on July 06, 2016 which rose to 29% (45.492 BCM) as on July 14, 2016, according to Ministry of Water Resources.
However, this was 83% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 101% of storage of average of last ten years.
The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 157.799 billion cubic meters (BCM), which is about 62% of the total storage capacity of 253.388 BCM, which is estimated to have been created in the country.
Out of these 91 reservoirs, 37 have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.
States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Rajasthan, Tripura, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states), Punjab, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.