Financial Daily from THE HINDU group of publications
Thursday, Oct 07, 2004

News
Features
Stocks
Cross Currency
Shipping
Archives
Google

Group Sites

Agri-Biz & Commodities - Water


Water storage in reservoirs up

Our Bureau

Chennai , Oct. 6

WATER availability in the 71 important reservoirs in the country is nine per cent higher than last year but it is still 11 per cent lower compared to the last ten year's average.

According to the Central Water Commission, the water availability in these reservoirs, which accounts for 62 per cent of the total reservoir capacity in the country, is 84.51 billion cubic metres (BCM). This is 6.75 BCM higher than last year's availability. Reservoirs are showing a rise in water availability with inflows continuing owing to rains till late in September.

While Sriramsagar and Somasila reservoirs in Andhra Pradesh have no water that can be utilised, two reservoirs in Gujarat— Sabarmati and Dantiwada — have just 10 per cent of their storage capacity. A similar situation prevails in Yeldari reservoir in Maharashtra.

There are five dams - one each in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu - which have water only between 10 and 30 per cent of their capacity.

According to the Agriculture Ministry, though the country experienced 12 per cent deficient rainfall this year, the deficiency was far higher in the north-west part, comprising Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

It had a 21 per cent deficient rainfall. Rainfall in Central India was lower by 11 per cent and in the South by 15 per cent.

Among the States, rainfall in Punjab was lower by 42 per cent this year, while in western Rajasthan it was down by 39 per cent and in western Uttar Pradesh by 36 per cent.

Twelve regions in the country have had rainfall that was 20 per cent lower than normal.

More Stories on : Water | Agriculture

Article E-Mail :: Comment :: Syndication :: Printer Friendly Page



Stories in this Section
Roadmap for rice research


Dena Bank loans on easier terms for M&M tractors
Rubber declines as market loses steam
Nilgiris small tea growers advised to collect subsidy
Water storage in reservoirs up
`Why engage McKinsey for FCI recast?'
Comprehensive studies already done, say critics

`Coir sector in priority area': Kerala CM
Gujarat groundnut output may touch 15 lakh t
Delicious deal
Spices Board to e-market vanilla, pepper, cardamom
Rising pepper imports begin to tell on prices
`Rural credit, transport vital for farm growth'



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

Copyright 2004, The Hindu Business Line. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu Business Line