Water levels rise in 3,247 dams

68 TMC rise recorded in a week following heavy showers

28bm-MH-RAINS-DG7B2CER2L3jpgjpgPTI: Heavy rains in catchment areas in the past week have added 68 TMC of water in over 3,200 dams across Maharashtra. The State Water Resources Department said 3,247 dams in the State had 1,048.76 TMC of water as on August 21, and it rose to 1,116.87 TMC by August 28.

Marathwada region, which largely grows food grains, was the biggest beneficiary of last week’s showers. The region boasts 955 reservoirs and dams and the collective water stock was 137.39 TMC on August 21. It rose to 154.62 TMC by August 28, recording an increase of 17.23 TMC.

A senior official from the Water Resources Department said the State witnessed a dry spell for 30 to 40 days, which ended on August 15. The average water stock on August 21 was 54.52% of the total storage capacity of 1,709.21 TMC of all the dams in Maharashtra.

The report said, “On the same date last year, the total water storage was 61.97%. The picture changed in the last seven days and the water stock as of Monday was 59.21% as against 62.88% the previous year.”

Meanwhile, the IMD issued a forecast saying there would be widespread rainfall on Tuesday in all regions except Marathwada. The forecast is for a 24-hour period from 8.30 a.m.

Post source : http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/water-levels-rise-in-3247-dams/article19578654.ece

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