Nagpur: Water storage levels in major reservoirs of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra are better this summer as compared to the last, indicating that it will not be very tough to tide over the sizzling heat in the region.
At least drinking water availability should not be a problem for the next two months before the monsoon clouds start hovering above the parched lands, officials said today.
In Vidarbha region, the situation looks far comfortable in Nagpur as well as Amravati revenue divisions, they said.
In Nagpur division, in 16 major reservoirs, the water level is at 53 percent of the total capacity while in Amravati division it is 46 percent. This is better than 35 percent and 29 per cent respectively in this period last year, as per the water storage figures.
There are 16 medium and 40 small among a total of 366 reservoirs in Nagpur division comprising six districts of Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur and Gadchiroi.
Similarly, in Amravati division of Western part of the region comprising Amravati, Akola, Yavatmal, Buldana and Washim, there are nine big, 23 small water reservoirs of the total 379.
The storage capacity is 3891 Million Cubic Metres and water available is 1794 million cubic metres which is 46 percent this year. This is far better than 2013’s 1180 mcm (30 percent) and 1023 mcm (28 percent) in 2012 in Nagpur division.
Similarly in Amravati division out of storage capacity of 2914 mcm, the present storage is 1176 which is 40 percent against 739 mcm (25 percent) in 2013 and 629 mcm (21 percent) in 2012.
Buldana district of Vidarbha last year passed through severe drought and bulk of drinking water was supplied by tankers. Those parts could hope for a relatively easy summer time this year.
However, if the temperatures start soaring especially in Vidarbha later this month, there can be depletion at the rate of 1-2 percent a week because of evaporation, officials said.
Fortunately for past four-five days, the temperature is quiet low as compared to same period last year.
The region has experienced rains also in some parts, thereby bringing relief from scorching sun.
However, this year, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) officials have predicted monsoon to be below normal because of the El-Nino effect, which is generally associated with the warming of ocean water.
El Nino refers to the warmer-than-average sea surface temperature in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. This condition occurs every 4-12 years and had last impacted India’s monsoon in 2009, leading to the worst drought in almost four decades.