Why are SC orders on earthquakesafe buildings not being followed?
France has committed to provide over 2 billion euros f or s mar t ci t y projects in India with a focus on Chandigarh, Nagpur and Puducherry. There will also be an investment of another 200 million euros for the extension of Bangalore metro, says François Richier, ambassador of France in India, at a seminar on Towards Smart and Sustainable Cities organised by FICCI, Embassy of France in India and ministry of urban development (MoUD).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited France in April and France had committed 600 million euros for smart cities and projects related to sustainability, including renewable energy and energy efficiency. Besides developing smart cities, France was also keen to develop heritage sites and tourism for these cities, he says.
On t he occasion, Durga Shanker Mishra, additional secretary, ministry of urban development, read out a message from M Venkaiah Naidu, minister of urban development, housing and urban poverty alleviation and parliamentary affairs.
Naidu said that India and France have had a long-term economic and strategic partnership and the creation of smart cities was a great challenge which could become a huge opportunity for investment for France. With France, already pledging financial support in developing three cities in the country, the Indian government was looking towards more such partnerships with France. He added that providing clean drinking water, sewerage, building urban transport and infrastructure in the smart cities were some of the areas that had ample scope for partnerships.
Mishra said that France was actively partnering with India in its initiatives to develop 100 smart cities and AMRUT. The government was moving ahead on both the projects by engaging with the state governments and local bodies as their involvement would give an impetus to the projects.
He said that the urban population of India was growing at a rapid pace and by 2050 it was expected that 50% of the country’s population would be residing in urban areas. Hence, now was the time to develop smart cities to provide for the future.
Jyotsna Suri, president, FICCI, said that under the smart cities mission, the government emphasised on the importance of cities with urban local bodies taking the lead. This bottom-up approach is an extremely progressive step which will help in proper planning and development of the cities. The Indian private sector also has had a significant role to play in development of smart cities and the industry seeks the government’s support to encourage the private sector to contribute towards this initiative.
Last week’s earthquake, wh i c h h a d i t s e p i - center i n t he Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, rattled almost all of north India, and despite a number of builders claiming that most structures in the Capital are s afe, t he alar ming f act i s that 100% of the buildings in Delhi NCR, are all Category-D earthquake resistant or i n many cases even lower than Category-D, as defined by the National Disaster Management Authority or NDMA.
According to Sandeep Shah, country head and MD – India, Miyamoto Inter national, a structural engineering firm, “There are credible reports of NDMA that a quake of magnitude 8 or higher can hit north India anytime and eight to nine lakh lives will be lost. Even then the Government has failed to act. It has not even updated its two most important earthquake building codes for 13 and 22 years.”
The Supreme Court has asked the government to do the following, but till date its orders have not been complied with. 1NDMA
undertake a public awareness campaign on a national basis through print and electronic media to educate the public about the four categories of earthquake resistant buildings and the detailed definition of each 2The
public awareness campaign be undertaken immediately and continuously so as to sensitise the public, thereby saving lives in the eventuality of the earthquake 3All
public buildings, including commercial and office buildings, housing more than 100 persons, both new and old, should have an engraved metal plate of size not less than one feet by two feet, mentioning that the building is ‘ earthquake resistant – collapse prevention’ or any other category or ‘earthquake resistant – unknown’. 4All
multistory buildings, more than five storeys high, both new and old, should have an engraved metal plate of size not less than one feet by two feet, mentioning that the building is earthquake resistant – operational or earthquake resistant – immediate occupancy or earthquake resistant – life safety or earthquake resistant – collapse prevention or earthquake resistant – unknown. 5The
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Jyotsna Suri, president, FICCI, François Richier, ambassador of France in India and MoUD officials at a seminar on smart cities
A building in Pakistan damaged by the recent earthquake in Afghanistan which rocked north India too