By: ML Verma
Shimla (Jun 8): The Southwest Monsoon is likely to arrie in advance in Himachal Pradesh by a fortnight as compare to last year. The Met office has forecast that the Monsoon will reach Mimachal by June 20. The state normally gets ist Monsoon rain between June 15 and July 15 and last years it had hit the state on July 5.
Shimla-based Indian Meteorological Department official Manmohan Singh told HimVani, “The Monsoon is likely to hit the hill state between June 20 and 25.” Monsoon plays an important role in the agro-based hill economy as more than 80 percent of arable land is rain-fed in this hill state and its timely arrival is considered good for the prosperity of peasantry class. During 2010 Monsoon was 16 percent more than normal while it was 36 pc deficits in 2009.
Meanwhile, the current spell of rain in the state has helped reduce scarcity of water for drinking, irrigation and hydropower generation.
In this summer, unusual but excessive rain has also caused extensive damage to life and property. Normal Monsoon and perpetual local rainfall contributes to about 7000-megawatt of hydropower generation in the hill state. Five major rivers and more than two dozen tributaries are perennial source
of water sustaining life in the state and downstream areas.