Total water availability in 91 major reservoirs in the country has reduced to 26 per cent of their actual storage capacity, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday.
The total live storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs thatare monitored by Central Water Commission is 161.99 BCM (billion cubic metre)and the water availability as on April 25 is 42.53 BCM or 26 per cent, it said.
However, the situation is better this year, Ministry said,as the storage was 37.31 BCM during the corresponding period last year.
The average of last 10 years live storage is 41.074 BCM. Thetotal live storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.99 BCM which is about63 per cent of the live storage capacity of 257.812 BCM which is estimated tohave been created in the country.
In northern region, there are six CWC-monitored reservoirsand water availability on April 25 was 51 per cent or 9.17 BCM at present.
Such 15 reservoirs in the eastern region has the total livestorage of 35 per cent or 6.56 BCM.
In western region, total water availability in 27 reservoirs is 18 per cent or 5.67 BCM while in central region it is 30 per cent or 12.51 per cent in 12 reservoirs.