Over the next six months, the Gurgaon administration will conduct 3-D mapping of 100 important buildings in the city, including office complexes and hospitals, to improve its disaster management plan.
Gurgaon is highly earthquake-prone and falls under seismic zone 4, the highest being zone 5. The need for an efficient disaster management plan was realised in April this year when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake with its epicentre in Nepal shook entire north India. Several residents’ welfare associations in Gurgaon criticised the government for not having a standard disaster management plan as evacuation of office complexes and residential societies was reportedly chaotic.
Under the virtual mapping exercise, the administration will chalk out prompt and realistic evacuation plans. Three important buildings with high footfall — Sheetla Mata temple, Mini Secretariat and Vikas Sadan — have already been mapped using Google Tracker. The administration and National Disaster Management Authority will also carry out a mock disaster management drill at six sites on Thursday.
The idea to virtually map key buildings came from the terror strike on Taj Hotel in Mumbai, where responders found it difficult to understand the internal mapping of the building, additional deputy commissioner Vinay Partap Singh said. “We are using Google Tracker which gives real time 3-D imagery of the premises. We will chalk out evacuation plans based on this imagery,” said Singh, who is heading the project.
The administration will map emergency exit routes and suggest safety measures for 100 buildings. Deputy commissioner (DC) of Gurgaon TL Satyaprakash said the data will be made available to the district officials to make standard operating procedures (SOP) realistic. “We also want to set up an intelligent and responsive incident command system and ensure that response time during disasters is brought to the minimum,” he said.
Additionally, 100 civil engineers are being trained to identify buildings that are not earthquake resistant. “Nowhere in the country has such an exercise to ensure buildings are disaster-ready been taken up,” Satyaprakash said.
Through virtual mapping, disaster response teams will have access to the real images of the buildings, which will help them plan faster evacuation.