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Shaking In The Knees

The states have not moved on the government's building code framed a year ago, citizens be damned

Shaking In The Knees
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Shaking In The Knees
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An earthquake of high intensity, and Delhi and other high-risk cities could be reduced to a mound of rubble. Despite the imminent danger, the Centre, instead of taking action, would rather pass the onus of ensuring safe buildings on to its citizens (see interview). Over a year ago, the Union home ministry drafted a model for town and country planning legislation for states straddling fault lines. Not a single state government has yet passed this legislation. Even Delhi—living under the constant threat of losing tens of thousands of lives in a killer quake—is still grappling with a draft bill to amend its municipal corporation bylaws.

In the wake of the ’01 Gujarat quake, the Centre had admitted that "the earthquake-resistant design codes are generally not followed except by some government departments". The Bureau of Indian Standards revised its code IS:1893 in ’02. But the model legislation of September ’04—which could enforce the codes and instil discipline and accountability among authorities, builders and professionals—is taking too long to enter the...

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