Water in key dams decrease than regular, monsoon too slips into adverse

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7

While the extent of water in key dams in north India has remained beneath regular by the summer season, the monsoon within the area has additionally slipped beneath the long-period common.

The storage degree in reservoirs in Himachal Pradesh is 13 per cent beneath the 10-year common whereas in Punjab, it’s 24 per cent beneath the typical, knowledge launched by the Central Water Commission (CWC) on August 6 reveals.

Rains within the first week of August have been critically poor in all three states.

The water degree recorded at Bhakra Dam, that lies on the Sutlej in Himachal, was 495.32 meters in opposition to the total reservoir degree of 512.06 meters. This interprets to the present storage being 52 per cent of its whole capability. This determine was 75 per cent for this time final yr and 61 per cent for the previous 10-year common.

At Pong Dam, that lies on the Beas in Himachal, the water degree was 408.93 meters in opposition to the utmost of 423.67 meters. The present storage within the reservoir is 44 per cent in opposition to final yr’s 49 per cent and the previous 10-year common of 51 per cent.

The CWC knowledge reveals that the water degree at Thein Dam on the Ravi in Punjab was 508.99 meters in opposition to the highest degree of 527.91 meters, implying that the present water availability is 45 per cent of its whole capability. Availability was 64 per cent at the moment final yr whereas common availability for the previous 10 years was 60 per cent.

As far as monsoon this yr is anxious, rains in Punjab and Haryana remained above the long-period common by June and July earlier than slipping beneath par in August. In Himachal, monsoon remained poor all by.

According to the information compiled by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for the interval August 1 to August 7, rains have been poor by 73 per cent in Haryana and by 70 per cent and 62 per cent in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, respectively.

Some areas in these states obtained various quantities of rain, with Mewat in Haryana being the one district in these states to obtain surplus rain.

During the primary week of August, Haryana obtained 11.2 mm rain in opposition to the traditional of 42.1 mm whereas Punjab obtained 14.four mm in opposition to the traditional of 47.5 mm. Himachal obtained 25.5 mm rain in opposition to the traditional of 67.5 mm.

For the cumulative rainfall obtained throughout the whole season from June 1 until date, Himachal has proven a deficiency of 33 per cent. In Punjab and Haryana, rains have been beneath the long-period common by 9 per cent and eight per cent, respectively, for the season.

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