You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

With water level in dams dipping, Centre issues drought advisory to southern and western states

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With water storage in dams dropping to a "critical" level, the Centre has issued a "drought advisory" to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu, asking them to use water judiciously.

The advisory was issued to on Friday and similar cautionary letters were sent to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and late last week, S K Haldar, a member of the (CWC), said.

The drought advisory is issued to states when the water level in reservoirs is 20 per cent less than the average of live water storage figures of the past 10 years.

Water falls under the state list and the advisory recommends states to use water for drinking purpose only till the dams are replenished.

The CWC monitors water storage available in 91 major reservoirs across the country.

According to the figures released on Thursday, the total water storage available was 35.99 billion cubic metres (BCM), which is 22 per cent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.993 BCM.

The figure was at 24 per cent for the week ending on May 9.

The situation seems to be grim in western and southern parts of the country.

The western region includes and There are 27 reservoirs -- 10 in and 17 in -- under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 31.26 BCM.

The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 4.10 BCM until May 16, which is 13 per cent of total live storage capacity.

The storage in 27 reservoirs of these two states during the corresponding period of last year was 18 per cent and average storage of last 10 years was 22 per cent.

The southern region includes states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and

There are 31 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM.

"The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 6.86 BCM, which is 13 per cent of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 13 per cent and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 16 per cent," the CWC said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 18:16 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU