The current water levels in the reservoirs under the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) indicate that the state received more than its expected share of water, during the first half of the ongoing southwest monsoon, for hydro power generation in June.
However, the board would have to wait for one more month to fill the water deficit caused by last year's poor monsoon and other factors.
According to KSEB chairman M Sivasankar, the board received enough water for generating 747.33 mu hydro electric power as on June 22, but the anticipated inflow to this day was only 518.34 mu. The anticipated inflow for the whole month was 740.35 mu.
This does not mean that water levels in the dams have improved tremendously. "If the board has to overcome the water deficit caused by the monsoon failure in 2012, the inflow has to improve further. We hope to recoup the water level in a few weeks'', he said.
According to KSEB figures, the inflow of water as on June 2012 was only 480.49 mu, the same was 1,428.88 in June 2011. The inflow as on June 21 in 2009 and 2010 was 791.741 and 901.473 mu respectively.