IIIT-H study en­lists Vij as quake-prone

Deccan Chronicle - - Politics - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

A lat­est study re­veals that Vijayawada is one of the 50 ma­jor earth­quake-prone zone cities in the coun­try. The In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Hyderabad (IIITH), along with the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (NDMA), has de­vel­oped an Earth­quake Dis­as­ter Risk In­dex (EDRI) for 50 cities and one district.

In this pi­lot study, the cities were se­lected based on pop­u­la­tion den­sity, hous­ing threat fac­tor and cities iden­ti­fied by the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia.

The study stated that Vijayawada is in the lim­its of a seis­mic zone-III prone area which is only at a height of 39 feet above sea level. The re­port was pre­pared by re­searchers of the Earth­quake Engi­neer­ing Re­search Cen­tre of IIIT Hyderabad, un­der the guid­ance of the head of the de­part­ment, Pradeep Ra­manacharla, af­ter a study of about 3 years.

While the study con­cen­trated on pop­u­la­tion den­sity and hous­ing threat fac­tor, it also pointed out that the dig­ging and use of a huge num­ber of bore wells is one of the ma­jor fac­tors that make the city earth­quake-prone. Nearly 22 ar­eas in the city are iden­ti­fied as earth­quake prone.

The re­searchers spoke of 13 high, 30 mid­dle and 7 low-risk cities. They stated that Vijayawada, Delhi, Kolkata, Chen­nai, Mum­bai, Ahmed­abad, Silig­uri, Dar­jeel­ing and Chandi­garh are in earth­quake-prone zones.

Ear­lier, the gov­ern­ment had is­sued guide­lines through AP dis­as­ter man­age­ment and con­ducted work­shops for builders, but it has to be­gin im­ple­men­ta­tion to over­come the prob­lem, say ex­perts.

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