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HT Estates - - HTESTATES - – Jee­van Prakash Sharma

East Delhi suf­fers from prob­lems re­lated to unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion, non­avail­abil­ity of civic ameni­ties in the unau­tho­rised-reg­u­larised colonies, own­er­ship of re­set­tle­ment colonies and struc­tural safety of build­ings. A ma­jor­ity of build­ings in East Delhi are “can­cer­ous” and no struc­tural mod­i­fi­ca­tion can en­sure their safety. Chandan Ghosh, an ex­pert on geo-haz­ard risk man­age­ment, who con­ducted a study on the struc­tural safety of 10,000 build­ings in east Delhi af­ter the Lalita Park build­ing col­lapse tragedy, had rec­om­mended that most of the struc­tures in east Delhi be pulled down and re­placed with new build­ings as there was no way to make the ex­ist­ing build­ings safe. “Delhi is part of a high-risk seis­mic zone. The city had ex­pe­ri­enced a deadly earth­quake in 1720 but the ex­tent of dam­age had been min­imised be­cause of a smaller pop­u­la­tion. An­other earth­quake of mag­ni­tude 6 on the Richter scale had hit Delhi in 1960 but again the dam­age was re­stricted as the il­le­gal ur­ban sprawl was not as ex­ten­sive as it is to­day,” says Ghosh.

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