Dams dry up as monsoon turns shy

Water level in all major dams in the state is a little above 30 per cent of their total storage capacity,signalling tough times ahead with the monsoon already playing truant.

Written by Syed Khalique Ahmed | Ahmedabad | Published: July 21, 2012 2:43 am

Water level in all major dams in the state is a little above 30 per cent of their total storage capacity,signalling tough times ahead with the monsoon already playing truant. And the situation is reported to be the worst in Saurashtra and Kutch regions that have received the lowest rains this season.

Going by data from Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board (GWSSB),only 9,057 million cubic metres (MCM) of water was left in the state’s dams against the total gross storage capacity of 21,186 MCM of all the dams,including Narmada. This means that only 42.7 per cent of the water was available in state’s dams as of now.

Speaking to The Indian Express,principal secretary (water supplies) and GWSSB chairperson H K Dash said as of now,the water reservoirs in Saurashtra region were having only 8.9 per cent of their total storage capacity,18.3 per cent in Kutch region,31.1 per cent in north Gujart region and 35.5 per cent in south Gujarat region.

However,the situation was satisfactory in the central Gujarat region where the dams were still holding 60 per cent of their total water holding capacity.

Giving reasons for the depleting level of the water in state’s reservoirs,Dash said it was because of the poor monsoons. He said the state had till Thursday received only 16 per cent of the average rainfall it received during a normal monsoon by the end of the third week of July every year.

While north Gujarat,central Gujarat,south Gujarat,Saurashtra and Kutch regions had received 28.8 per cent,17.7 per cent,24 per cent,34.6 per cent and 13.6 per cent,respectively,of the rainfall by July 20 last year,it was only 22.2 per cent,19.8 per cent,21 per cent,14.5 per cent and 2.38 per cent in these regions,respectively,during the corresponding period of the current monsoon.

“So,the monsoon situation is not very pleasant this year,” he said.

According to Dash,Saurashtra and Kutch regions appear to be the problem areas and if no rainfall takes place in the next one week,these two regions would require to be given more attention for supply of drinking water.

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