Water level at 91 major Indian reservoirs drops one per cent in a week

The water level, however, is higher compared to the water level from the same period last year.

With the onset of summer, water scarcity is looming large in parts of India with the as Ministry of Water Resources saying that water level at 91 major reservoirs in the county has gone down by one per cent in one week.

"The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on April 6 was 50.435 billion cubic meter (BCM), which is 32 per cent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 33 per cent for the week ending on March 30, 2017," said a ministry official.

The ministry also issued a statement saying that the level of water until April 6 this year was 129 per cent of the water stored in the same period last year and 105 per cent of the average water stored in the last ten years.

"The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 157.799 BCM," the ministry added.

Out of these 91, 37 reservoirs are outfitted with hydropower abilities with an installed capacity of more than 60 MW.

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