The Hindu, 19 July 2014, New Delhi: Water level in major reservoirs in the country has dipped lower than the average of last 10 years, official sources said on Friday. This is due to a weak south-west monsoon this year.
Water storage in six reservoirs of the northern region, including Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan has dipped to 47 per cent as compared to 56 per cent in the corresponding period last year.
In the western region comprising Gujarat and Maharashtra, where the monsoon is particularly deficient this year, the average water level in 22 reservoirs is reported to be 22 per cent of the total storage capacity as against 45 per cent in the corresponding period last year. In the central region comprising U.P., Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh the water level is on an average 31 per cent of the total capacity as against last year’s 48 per cent. In the southern region the total water storage is 16 per cent of the total capacity of the 30 reservoirs as against 36 per cent last year.