A team of disaster management officials with help from the fire services took stock of several localities soon after aftershocks were felt in the city on Sunday.
“I saw the team of officials fully equipped with fire service vehicles and equipment reach Park Place compound while we were sitting in the park trying to cope with the aftershock. It was the DLF disaster management team,” said Ritika Kapur.
“We had warned the disaster teams to be alert and they did a good job by taking rounds of localities soon after Sunday’s tremors,” said Dharmendra Bhandari, managing director, Bestech Limited.
The assessment by these teams are still underway and they will submit a detailed report by Monday.
“We will be in a position to comment shortly or in a day or two, as our teams are still on the job,” said a DLF spokesperson.
Gurgaon deputy commissioner, TL Satyaprakash, was in constant touch with the control room taking information from all the high-rise towers of the city.
“I am concerned about residents’ safety and there is no casualty reported from any part of Gurgaon. My officers are still alert and in touch with high-rise managements of every real estate group in Gurgaon,” Satyaprakash said.
With more than 750 high-rise towers in Gurgaon, the city which falls in seismic zone five is at high risk in the event of earthquakes.
“We should not gauge the safety of high-rise buildings from the damage point of view. From the seismic zone point of view Gurgaon is in zone five and that is dangerous. So the main question is that the building plans and related structures should be followed strictly,” said Professor Romel Mehta, senior professor School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi.
Experts have expressed doubts regarding the structural safety and norms as per the national building construction corporation (NBCC) They believe the way Gurgaon has been developed such norms would certainly have been compromised at many levels unmindful of disaster.
“There are no checks and balance applied during construction. The contractors work to make as much profit as they can make while officials hardly do site inspections, at least I have never heard officers catching any contractor for using poor quality of cement, iron and other construction materials,” said Professor Guahar Mehmood of Jamia Millia Islamia University..
Meanwhile, Haryana’s chief town planner (CTP) Town and Country Planning Department Dilbag Singh said structural design was approved after a thorough examination and Gurgaon is a safe city.