Nagpur, Amravati have lowest stocks
Mumbai: The dams in Maharashtra have 39.84 per cent water stock of their capacity, which is about 6 per cent higher than last year. The Nagpur and Amravati divisions have lowest water stocks i.e. 19.49 and 20.70 per cent respectively.
According to the officials of Water Resources Department, dams in the state have 2,345 million cubic feet, out of which 16,283 is useful water content. As on Wednesday, the dams are full with a capacity of 39.84 per cent. There are 3,246 dams of various size across the state that have a total water storage of 1,338 TMC (thousand million cubic feet). “In February 2017, the total water stock was 50 per cent,” the official said.
“There was a good spell of showers over Marathwada in September last year which helped the dams in the region to have a good storage of water for the remaining year,” he said. The only challenge before the water resources department is Vidarbha region. “By the end of monsoon in 2017, Nagpur division had 47.32 per cent water storage while Amravati had 83.28 per cent. Today, the water level has shrunk to 19.49 per cent in Nagpur division and 20.46 per cent in Amravati division,” officials said.
Compared to these regions, central Maharashtra is comfortably placed. “Pune and Nashik revenue divisions had 589.90 TMC water (89.27 per cent) and 197.81 TMC (81.93 per cent), respectively, at the end of the monsoon season. It has now come down to 10,584 TMC (33.24 per cent) in Pune division while 3,337 TMC (33.69 per cent) in Nashik division. Compared to other divisions, Pune and Nashik are comfortably placed,” the officials said.
The Konkan region, which receives maximum rainfall in the state, now has 2,093 TMC water stock which is 54.11 per cent of its capacity.