Highlighting the threats Delhi is facing, Sheila Dixit on Tuesday underlined the importance of building bye-laws in Delhi, as the capital is extremely vulnerable to natural disasters and bomb blasts.
“The highest density of population in the city creates difficult situations in disaster management. The building bye-laws must include disaster management concerns,” she said, addressing a seminar on media’s role in disaster management.
The chief minister said it is essential to concentrate on preparedness and training so that the authorities can respond quickly.
“The entire region of Delhi is in seismic zone-IV, at high risk to earthquake. An earthquake can cause unprecedented and colossal damage to Delhi. Disasters can occur at any time and anywhere and when disaster strikes one may not have enough time to respond,” she said.
She added that the Delhi Disaster Management Authority has been constituted with an aim to ensure coordination between all stake-holders.
Exhorting the media to focus on ways and means to contain disasters and help spread awareness about the precautions needed during any disaster, she said disseminating information and spreading awareness can curb the loss of human lives post disaster.