New Delhi: The monsoon in North India seems to be nowhere in sight with the mercury rising everyday. No clouds, no rain, and it is already the first week of July. Most of Northern India is reeling under an extreme heat wave with Dholpur in Rajasthan recording a maximum of 45.5 degrees. And in New Delhi the administration has ensured that the schools will remain shut till July 9.
With the monsoon failing to arrive on time, an acute power crisis looms over North India. India's second largest reservoir at the Bhakra Dam is approaching critically low levels. It's not just electricity, even irrigation could be badly affected in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
The Bhakra Beas management board has warned the three states that cuts in water and power supply will be necessary if the monsoons arrive later than the first week of July.
"It is not abnormal for the monsoon to stop at one place. It moves in one pulse and then stops. We hope that another pulse will start in the next week, and then the monsoon will move forward," Met department said.
A comparision of how a normal monsoon moves across India shows that it is already late. By now, the rains should have hit north India, but no rains are visible.
Warning bells have been sounded in both power and agro sector. If rains don’t come in the next one week the repercussion could be serious. Met department says expect rain in the coming week.