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It’s a high-risk zone

india Updated: Jan 14, 2009 00:09 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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In yet another eye-wash for Gurgaon residents, another unit of District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) was announced to be constituted. Earlier, too, the then deputy commissioner had constituted DDMA in November 2007 but it never worked.

Recently, the senior specialist (Policies and Plans) of National Disaster Management Authority, Major General RK Kaushal admitted that Gurgaon was vulnerable to earthquake, urban flooding due to faulty drainage system, fire, accidents on the road, rail and air, terrorism including bio-terrorism, health related hazards, chemical, biological radiological and nuclear emergencies.

Another expert, Prof. Abhey Srivastva said, “As per the records of Indian Meteorological Department, Gurgaon falls in 4th Seismic Zone, so it highly prone to earthquake. The drainage system in the district has been rendered ineffective due to filling of debris and waste construction material into the drains, posing a threat of urban flooding. He said the markets and industries also increased the risk of fire.