Disaster resistant buildings must by April

AN EMINENT professor of the civil engineering department at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-K) Dr CVR Murty said by April 1, 2006 every citizen would fall under an obligation to construct ?disaster resistant buildings?. An unqualified architect or the engineer at the will of the owner could construct no building.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2006 00:57 IST

AN EMINENT professor of the civil engineering department at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-K) Dr CVR Murty said by April 1, 2006 every citizen would fall under an obligation to construct ‘disaster resistant buildings’. An unqualified architect or the engineer at the will of the owner could construct no building.

Addressing the one-day seminar on ‘Natural Management Disaster in India’ at the DAV College here on Saturday, he said with the passing of the Disaster Management Act 2005 by the Parliament it has become obligatory for the land owner, builder, architect and the contractor that they should strictly adhere to the construction norms laid in the act. Any violation of the norms could land all of them in trouble.

Dwelling upon some of the relevant provisions of the new act, Dr Murty said that the act provided the constituting a National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at the National level. At the State and the district level State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) and District Disaster Management Authority (DMDA) would be created respectively. While the prime minister would head the national authority, the chief minister and the district magistrate would head the State and the district authority respectively.

Dr Murty, who has also been appointed as an advisor to the NDMA on earthquake management issues said these authorities would be responsible for ensuring disaster resistant building in the areas under their jurisdiction,
He, however, said that act alone would not be enough unless awareness was created among common people about the benefits of implementing the construction norms. He said the implementation and enforcement part of the act should also have adequate teeth to achieve the targets. Besides, the legal and technical infrastructure was also required for enforcing the provisions of the act.

First Published: Jan 22, 2006 00:57 IST