Assam: Safety assessment of Guwahati buildings underway

GUWAHATI: Safety inspection of all high-rise and other vulnerable buildings and structures in Assam’s main city Guwahati is being undertaken to assess fire safety, earthquake resistance and allied measures.

At least 38 Indian cities lie in high-risk seismic zones and nearly 60 per cent of the subcontinental landmass is vulnerable to earthquakes.

Informing this at a press conference, ADGP (fire department) AP Rout said, “Safety assessment of all high-rise structures is going on in Guwahati. The first two phases are already over and the third and final phase is on.”

Very few buildings in India meet the standards prescribed in “Indian Standards Criteria for Earthquake Resistant Design”-first published by the Bureau of Indian Standards in 1962, the latest revision being in 2005. Srinagar and Guwahati are in the highest-risk Zone 5

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The assessment is being done by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), with the help of fire department and SDRF.

(Agencies)

Featured image(courtesy): UB file photo

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