Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal today directed civic bodies to physically check vulnerable buildings in the city and introduce measures to incentivise their up-gradation. Baijal directed authorities to incorporate standards of structural safety in the building bye-laws in the national capital in view of the potent risk of earthquakes in Delhi, which is a Seismic Zone-IV region.
The Lt Governor also asked the revenue department and the Delhi Police to explore the possibility of setting up a State Disaster Response Force, besides identification of adequate number of disaster shelters at various locations in Delhi. The directions were issued at a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), chaired by Baijal.
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The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and senior officers from the departments concerned. Baijal asked the agencies to work in a concerted manner to achieve optimum coordination and results, besides ensuring that response systems remain on-guard and keep a vigil at all times.