Hard realities: On World Water Day, India faces worst water crisis in decade
Water levels at 91 major reservoirs nationwide are the lowest in a decade-no more than 29 per cent, according to the latest weekly bulletin of the Central Water Commission (CWC).
As World Water Day is marked today, water levels at Indian reservoirs are 71 per cent of last year, or 74 per cent of average storage over the last decade, the CWC data reveal.
The 91 major reservoirs contain 157.8 billion cubic metre (BCM) of water; the capacity of these reservoirs is 250 BCM. Another 400 BCM water is available for irrigation in India through groundwater, according to this answer given by the government in the Lok Sabha (the lower house of Parliament) in July 2015.
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