New Delhi: An estimated 70% of buildings in east Delhi are prone to damage in an earthquake, lieutenant governor Tejendra Khanna said on Thursday. The buildings should be identified and retrofitted on a priority basis. Buildings where retrofitting is not possible should be rebuilt, Khanna said at a seminar on reducing earthquake risks.
Khanna said the government could come up with a plan for those who could not afford to rebuild. We can involve DDA. The flats can be given to the residents of those buildings for temporary use, and additional accommodation may be built so builders can recover their cost, he suggested.
National Disaster Management Authority vicechairman M Shashidhar Reddy said MCD engineers were being trained to identify the retrofitting needs in the buildings. The first batch of engineers will start training by April 24, he said. Source>>>