New Delhi: While maintaining that the water storage levels in the Godavari, Krishna, and Cauvery reservoirs 174 per cent better than in the last decade, the Central Water Commission on Monday announced that it in touch with the AP Agriculture Department to evolve suitable crop strategies for optimal output.
The Union Ministry of Water Resources said that it is monitoring storage position of 81 important reservoirs spread all over the country which have significant hydro-power benefits with installed capacities of more than 60MW each in as many as 36 reservoirs, as part of the pre-monsoon preparedness.
The combined live storage in these 81 reservoirs at the beginning of monsoon (June 1, 2010 was 14 per cent of their designed capacity and stood at 25 per cent of designed capacity as on May 26, 2011.
The present storage is 172 per cent of last year’s storage and 174 per cent of last 10 years average storage during the same period.
Out of these 81 reservoirs there are presently 17 reservoirs where this year’s storage is less than 80 per cent of the average of previous 10 years and in remaining 64 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 apprising the situation to various Departments and Ministries involved in Water Resources Planning.
The Union Water Resources Ministry further gave the basin wise storage position in Indus, Narmada, Tapi, Sabarmati, Rivers of Kutch, Godavari, Krishna, Cauvery and neighbouring EFRs and West Flowing Rivers of south basins is better than average of previous 10 years; storage in Ganga and Mahanadi and Neighbouring EFRs basins is close to average of previous 10 years (as on May 26, 2011).
The Ministry further said that the storage position in Mahi basin is deficient from average of previous 10 years.
Out of 36 reservoirs with significant hydro potential, 7 reservoirs have storage build up less than the average of last 10 years.(INN)