National capital of India: from ignorance towards preparedness.India has witnessed some major disasters in recent memory and the lack of preparedness and inadequacy to face such calamities has been apparently visible. State governments have limited resources and infrastructure facilities to handle a major disaster of the type of Super Cyclone in Orissa (October, 1999) or the earthquake in Gujarat (January, 2001). The Bhuj Earthquake, on 26th January 2001, surprisingly shook the national capital that remained impassive after Koyna and Latur earthquakes. This time Delhi realized, it could also face a similar hazard, but the enormity of destruction would be catastrophic. Since then, a lot has been done in Delhi towards disaster risk reduction. This paper focuses on the dynamic transition from complete ignorance to awareness and preparedness and the role of government in bringing this paradigm shift A dramatic change in methodology or practice. It often refers to a major change in thinking and planning, which ultimately changes the way projects are implemented. For example, accessing applications and data from the Web instead of from local servers is a paradigm shift. See paradigm. in approach. The paper further explores the cost effectiveness of different mitigation strategies, adopted or those in the pipeline for Delhi.
India has a history of disasters owing to owing to
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owing to prep → debido a, por causa de its unique geo-climatic conditions. About 60% land mass is prone to earthquakes of various intensities and a similar percentage is prone to drought. There exists, a long coastline (8000 Km) with two cyclone seasons. According to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a report of National Disaster Management Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, "around 30 million people are affected by disasters every year" (1). Disasters strike in different forms in different regions of the country. Delhi, the national capital is a unique example of City-State combination. Delhi is politically and economically one of the most important states of our country and its ability to mitigate against disasters is of critical significance for the country. As per the latest seismic zones map released by the Bureau of Indian Standards
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) (BIS) in 2000, India is divided into four seismic zones. Zone V is the maximum risk zone and Zone II is the low risk zone. The entire region of Delhi is in Seismic Zone IV, at high risk to earthquakes. Further, on a day-to-day basis, Delhi is at risk to numerous hazards, such as fire, floods, bomb-blasts, other acts of terrorism, industrial and chemical hazards, building collapses, road accidents, water logging, etc.
Earthquake Risk In Delhi
In a recent study by R. N. Iyengar and S. Ghosh seismio-tectonic characterization has been attempted with India Gate in Situated on the Rajpath in New Delhi, India Gate (originally called the All India War Memorial New Delhi New Delhi (dĕl`ē), city (1991 pop. 294,149), capital of India and of Delhi state, N central India, on the right bank of the Yamuna River. as the centre, a circular region of 300 km radius has been assumed as the catchment area catchment area or drainage basin, area drained by a stream or other body of water. The limits of a given catchment area are the heights of land—often called drainage divides, or watersheds—separating it from neighboring drainage for Delhi city (2). Tectonic features around Delhi city discussed by Valdiya, K. S., (Himalayan transverse faults and folds and their parallelism An overlapping of processing, input/output (I/O) or both.
1. parallelism - parallel processing.
2. (parallel) parallelism - The maximum number of independent subtasks in a given task at a given point in its execution. E.g. with subsurface sub·sur·face
Of, relating to, or situated in an area beneath a surface, especially the surface of the earth or of a body of water.
Adj. 1. structures of north Indian plains. Tectonophysics Tectonophysics, a branch of geophysics, is the study of rock deformation and of dynamic geophysical processes. This includes small individual crystals as well as the larger scales which include tectonic plates and forces in the mantle. , 1976, 32, 353-386) have been further improved to map all known faults in a radius of 300 km around Delhi city. Twenty faults have been identified, movement on which can cause ground vibration at Delhi.
Seismic history of Delhi The Indian capital city of Delhi has a long history, including a history as the capital of several empires. The earliest architectural relics date back to the Maurya Period (c. 300 BC); since then, the site has seen continuous settlement. , as per the records available, dates back to the earthquake of 15th July, 1720 (intensity IX in Delhi)--well discussed by Kafi Khan Mohammad Kafi Khan is a First class and List A cricketer from Bangladesh. He was born on 8th October 1985 and made his debut for Barisal Division in 2002/03, when he also appeared for the Bangladesh Cricket Board Development Squad. . References are also available of the earthquake of 22 March 1825 near Delhi of intensity VII. In the Khurja earthquake (M6.7) of 10 October 1956, many people were injured in Delhi. The earthquake of 27 August 1960, one of the largest instrumented earthquakes affecting Delhi (M6.0) resulted in 50 persons injured. Damage was reported to one of the minarets of Delhi's Jama Masjid Jama Masjid may refer to:
Flood Risk In Delhi
Delhi has also been prone to floods. 'The flood problem in Delhi has become more serious since the river Yamuna has been jacketed by high embankments in its entire reach of about 210 km upstream of Delhi to protect the rural population in Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh (`tär prä`dĭsh), state (2001 provisional pop. 166,052,859), 92,804 sq mi (240,363 sq km), N central India. The capital is Lucknow. and Haryana. This activity has resulted in a decrease in the valley storage of the river and increase in the peak flood discharge levels during floods.' (10)
Besides the frequent flash floods in most of areas due to poor drainage facilities, there are four major floods witnessed by Delhi. During 1977, Najafgarh drain experienced heavy floods due to discharge from the Sahibi River. 14 persons were reported to have died in a boat mishap (language) MISHAP - An early system on the IBM 1130.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):16, May 1959]. . Crop damage was estimated at Rs 10 million. Before the government could get over with the relief operations, another major flood occurred in September, 1978. River Yamuna experienced a devastating dev·as·tate
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. flood.. The total damage to crops, houses and public utilities was estimated at Rs. 176.1 million. A decade later, another major flood rocked many parts of Delhi. In September, 1988, many villages and localities were flooded by river Yamuna, affecting approximately 8,000 families. The flood of September, 1995 was the last major flood experienced by river Yamuna in which around 15000 families were affected. (4)
Fire Risk In Delhi
Fire accidents are also very frequent in Delhi. Delhi Fire Service Delhi Fire Service (DFS) is the state-owned service that attends fire/rescue calls in the National Capital Territory of Delhi in India. The service consists of 43 fire stations, and attends to 15,000 fire and rescue calls on an average every year. responds to 15000 fire/rescue calls per annum Per annum
Yearly. on an average according to official sources. A major fire outbreak in one of the picture halls in Delhi (Uphaar Cinema) is fresh in the memories, with the victims still fighting for justice. Delhi Fire Service has been trying to bring down the fire accidents. Delhi Fire Service possesses special appliances for combating any kind of eventuality e·ven·tu·al·i·ty
n. pl. e·ven·tu·al·i·ties
Something that may occur; a possibility.
pl -ties arising in the cluster of high-rise buildings and other special rescue jobs. Three Hazmat vans are present in Delhi to deal with all kinds of disasters. Specialized units are also positioned at many places in Delhi. (5)
The safety of Delhi is of prime importance as the National Capital, the hub of national government business, multiplying many-fold the implications of a major disaster not only on the population of Delhi and its infrastructure but also on the functioning of the country itself.
While natural hazards can not be controlled, the vulnerability to these hazards can be reduced by planned mitigation and preparedness measures. There needs to be concerted and sustained steps towards reducing the vulnerability of communities to disasters.
The past couple of years have witnessed a paradigm shift in the approach of central and state governments towards disaster management. The new approach proceeds from the conviction that development cannot be sustainable unless disaster mitigation is built into the development process. Another corner stone of the approach is that mitigation has to be multi-disciplinary spanning across all sectors of development.
DISASTER MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK IN DELHI
The national government is setting up a National Disaster Management Authority, with Prime minister as its chairman (7). In the meanwhile, the Government of Delhi has established a nodal Having to do with nodes. See node.
NODAL - Interpreted language implemented on Norsk Data's NORD-10 computers. Used by CERN and DESY high energy physics labs to control their accelerator hardware, PADAC and SEDAC. Included trackball input, graphics. agency, namely the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA DDMA Dutch Dialogue Marketing Association
DDMA Defense Distribution Mapping Activity
DDMA Distributed Dma ), to facilitate, coordinate and monitor disaster management activities and promote good disaster management and mitigation practices in the state. The establishment of the DDMA is a key element in the overall disaster management policy of the State Government. With the hon'ble Lieutenant Governer as the head of the Apex committee that governs this authority, Chief Minster, Ministers, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretaries of relevant departments, Police, Fire Service and joint secretaries etc form the members. The Government of Delhi also proposes to introduce legislation in the form of a Delhi Disaster Management Act to provide a legal framework for disaster management in the state.
DISASTER MANAGEMENT INITIATIVES IN DELHI
The Government of India-UNDP Disaster Risk Management Programme is being implemented in Delhi since July 2003. Office of Divisional Commissioner, acting as the state nodal agency for disaster management, has played an active role by focusing on preparedness and mitigation issues. It is a well-known fact that cost of response can be reduced considerably, if part of the investment is directed towards mitigation. The disaster management activities being taken up by the government include awareness generation in educational institutions, government offices, hospitals, market and residential places etc. Training and capacity building of engineers, architects, builders, masons, officials from line departments and the task forces prepared by local communities is also being done.
Great deal of effort is being made to develop a model techno legal and techno financial regime in the capital. Although the building bye laws of Delhi had been revised in 2001 after the Bhuj earthquake, incorporating the six Indian seismic codes for structural safety, the state government has sent the Model Bye laws prepared by the National expert committee to all the Urban Local Bodies inviting comments and suggestions for modification of existing bye laws. Delhi Disaster Management Authority has also drafted State Disaster Management Policy.
Disaster Management planning has been initiated at community level.. Community Based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP CBDP Chemical Biological Defense Program ) Plan aims to raise awareness on the various hazards faced by people of a given area, and encourages the community to assume a sense of responsibility to protect itself and to support public and institutional efforts geared towards disaster preparedness, management and mitigation. The process involves social mapping, risk mapping, resource mapping etc and formation of specific task forces like 'fire fighting', 'first aid', 'search and rescue', 'warning & information dissemination' and trauma counseling etc. The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, with support from United Nations Development Programme has successfully made hundreds of such plans.
Knowledge networking with key stakeholders Stakeholders
All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government. in disaster management has been done for effective sharing of skills. Delhi government has partnered with a number of volunteer organizations and all line departments to work in partnership to take forward the activities under the Disaster risk management programme.
An online inventory of resources has been developed using the portal, 'India Disaster Resource Network (IDRN IDRN India Disaster Resource Network )'. All information regarding availability of skilled manpower, equipments, materials and services in a district or neighboring district are now available at the click of a tab.
In all the nine districts of Delhi The National Capital Territory of Delhi is divided into nine districts. Each district is headed by a Deputy Commissioner and has three subdivisions. A Subdivision Magistrate heads each subdivision. All Deputy Commissioners report to the Divisional Commissioner. , the Revenue departments have been designated as the nodal agencies for disaster management. The Deputy Commissioners, supported by the Additional District Magistrates have been entrusted with the responsibility of carrying forward the disaster management activities at the district level.
Establishment of Emergency Support Functions
As a part of Delhi State Response Plan, twelve emergency support functions have been identified with primary and support roles assigned to different agencies in Delhi e.g. Communication have been assigned to MTNL MTNL Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (telecom provider in India) as nodal agency and other telecom players as support agencies. All these agencies have prepared their "Standard Operating Procedures standard operating procedure Medtalk A technique, method or therapy performed 'by the book,' using a standard protocol meeting internally or externally defined criteria; a formal, written procedure that describes how specific lab operations are to be performed. " (SOPs) detailing each and every step to be taken pre, during and post disaster. These procedures have been developed based of the Incident Command system (ICS (1) (Internet Connection Sharing) A Windows feature that enables two or more computers to share one Internet connection. First introduced in Windows 98 Second Edition, sharing is accomplished with network address translation (NAT), which is the common method. ), and the government officials have been provided special training of incident command system, this being a new concept in our country.
Development of Road Map for Disaster Management
A State Level Road Map for Disaster Management in Delhi on the lines of the National Road Map has been prepared and shared with the central government. This road map aims to sustainable reduction of disaster vulnerabilities of the citizens of Delhi, by systematically addressing issues of awareness on vulnerabilities, systems for effective preparedness and response in government and communities, long-term planning for mitigation, capacity building and training to various stakeholders and regular practice drills. (8) All agencies responsible for implementing the activities proposed in road map have also been identified.
Formation of working groups
Two Working Groups for (i) Prevention and mitigation (ii) Preparedness and response, have been constituted and notified. These groups further consist of sub groups to deal with awareness generation, capacity building, planning, techno-legal aspects etc.
Development of Information, Education and Communication (IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission, Geneva, Switzerland, www.iec.ch) An organization that sets international electrical and electronics standards founded in 1906. It is made up of national committees from over 60 countries.
IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission ) material
In order to make the awareness generation activities more effective, the Government of Delhi has developed a lot of resource material comprising of leaflets, posters, planning documents, earthquake tips etc for wide dissemination. The IEC material serves as an agent to generate awareness and induce mitigation and preparedness measures for risk reduction. Multi-media CDs on disasters developed by various government agencies have been distributed widely.
Incident Command System
Delhi is perhaps the first state in the country to have used incident command system in an earthquake mock drill held last year. "This system provides for specialist incident command teams with an incident commander and officers trained in different aspects of incident management-logistics, operations, planning, safety media management etc. (9)
Emergency Operation Centres
Delhi government has set up Temporary Emergency Operation Centers at State and District level, with assistance from the budget of Government of India-UNDP Disaster Risk Management programme. Equipments have been obtained for these rooms. Hazard zone wise standard layouts have been sent by the central government to all states. Construction work has already been started for developing Emergency Operation Centres as per drawings in a few districts in Delhi. Once fully functional, these Emergency Operation Centres are expected to function round the clock and serve as control rooms to look after law and order issues as well as disaster management.
DISASTER MITIGATION STRATEGIES FOR DELHI
It has been proven over and over again that the impacts of natural hazards can be lessened and even eliminated by appropriate actions taken well before the hazardous event. The most effective way to ensure that this action takes place is the preparation and implementation of a comprehensive hazard mitigation plan.
Model techno-legal framework
The strategies for mitigation need to address to the safety of two kinds of structures--the upcoming construction and the existing building stock. The state government is planning to develop a model techno legal as well as techno-financial framework for Delhi. The Government of Delhi has trained a large number of Engineers, Architects and masons on disaster safe construction practices. Sensitization sensitization /sen·si·ti·za·tion/ (sen?si-ti-za´shun)
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2. exposure to allergen that results in the development of hypersensitivity. programmes have been organized for Builders, Contractors and town planners. A system of special audit of buildings is being put in place with a view to ensuring that the new constructions conform to Verb 1. conform to - satisfy a condition or restriction; "Does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?"
coordinate - be co-ordinated; "These activities coordinate well" the building byelaws being modified as per the recommendations for Model Building Bye Laws, developed by the National Core Group for Earthquake Mitigation constituted by the National government consisting of experts in earthquake engineering and administrators. The above strategies being adopted by the government of Delhi ensure long term, sustainable qualitative benefits resulting in disaster risk reduction.
Retrofitting of buildings
With the change in the Indian seismic codes in 2002, many of the buildings in this country that conformed to the codes/ standards of the earlier days are now found seismically deficient as per the current code and many present the risk of life-threatening damage. It is this vulnerability of the built environment in the State that will cause even a moderate earthquake in the region to transform into a disaster in the Delhi region. To influence all new constructions, the Government of Delhi has embarked on capacity building programmes for all the key players in the construction fraternity. But the vulnerability associated with our existing buildings needs to be addressed urgently through retrofitting. Retrofitting is the process of assessing and strengthening existing buildings to perform as per required criteria in earthquakes.
But, it is neither economically feasible to seismically retrofit ret·ro·fit
v. ret·ro·fit·ted or ret·ro·fit, ret·ro·fit·ting, ret·ro·fits
1. To provide (a jet, automobile, computer, or factory, for example) with parts, devices, or equipment not in every building not conforming to the current codes with no/ inadequate seismic provisions, nor is it culturally acceptable to replace them all. Thus, first we need to identify the structures that present a significant risk to life safety and predict the expected performance for such buildings of high importance or those needed for emergency response (lifeline buildings) and then find retrofit solutions for these structures identified as high risk.
Since expertise in retrofitting is limited in the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India The Government of India (Hindi: भारत सरकार Bhārat Sarkār), officially referred to as the Union Government, and commonly as Central Government and the Government of Delhi have embarked on a pilot project for demonstrative LEGACY, DEMONSTRATIVE. A demonstrative legacy is a bequest of a certain sum of money; intended for the legatee at all events, with a fund particularly referred to for its payment; so that if the estate be not the testator's property at his death, the legacy will not fail: but be payable retrofitting of five lifeline buildings in the city with support from USAID USAID United States Agency for International Development
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GHI Gustav Heinemann-Initiative ). The five lifeline buildings selected by the Govt. of Delhi include the Police headquarters, The Delhi secretariat building Situated on Raisina Hill, New Delhi, India, the Secretariat Building is a set of two buildings on the opposite side of Rajpath that are home to some of the most important ministries of the Government of India. , the office of Delhi Disaster Management Authority, an important Hospital and a school. Non Structural Safety assessment has also been carried out and Non Structural Mitigation measures have been initiated in the school and hospital. Though the project envisages only the development of retrofitting plans for these five buildings, the Government of Delhi should carry out the actual retrofitting of these five critical buildings immediately and utilize the opportunity provided by the project to start a movement for retrofitting in the Governmental and non-Governmental setup. Moreover, as this is a pilot project, the five examples set by the Project have to increase in numbers in numbered parts; as, a book published in numbers.
See also: Number rapidly to more examples spread geographically around the state and involving all agencies carrying out construction in the State viz. Municipal Corporation of Delhi The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is a municipal corporation that governs most of the metropolis of Delhi in India. It is one of three municipal corporations in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the others being New Delhi Municipal Corporation, and Delhi Cantonment , New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Development Authority The Delhi Development Authority was created in 1955 under the provisions of the Delhi Development Act "to promote and secure the development of Delhi". History
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2. TAC - Terminal Access Controller. ) lays down tariff rates for some of the general insurance products. Earlier earthquake cover used to be a part of fire insurance policy but since May 2000, the Tariff Advisory Committee effected a reduction of 22 per cent in the fire insurance premium and provided for earthquake risk as an add-on cover. Other add on covers available are STFI STFI Swedish Test Fibre Institute
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2. Inundations may arise from three causes; from public necessity, as in defence of a place it may be necessary to dam the current of a stream, which will cause an inundation to the upper lands; ) covers. The compensation for damage depends not only on the type of cover opted for but also, on the basis of option like replacement cost basis or market value basis. Many insured people affected by the recent tsunami were deprived of compensation for simple reason that they had either not gone for complete cover or because they had opted for cover policy on a market value basis. (10) A better understanding of the insurance procedures and general awareness is required. The premium cost for complete cover is quite high and given the uncertainty about the time when a disaster will strike a similar investment in other mitigation measures like low level retrofitting may turn out to be more cost effective.
ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSION
Given the seismic vulnerability of the region, an earthquake of a high magnitude is likely to hit Delhi in the near future. In the last few years, Delhi has come a long way from the state of utter ignorance towards disaster vulnerability, to a conscious state. The initiatives to reduce disaster risks taken up by the Government of Delhi are definitely in the right direction. Disaster management in Delhi, however, is yet at its nascent stage. Sustainability is the key word in development process. Whether Delhi will reach the stage of a prepared and safe city, or not, will depend on how long and how seriously the efforts are maintained. While much focus has been laid on awareness generation activities, development of a strategy for disaster mitigation in the state is equally essential. The aim of this strategy should be to reduce losses in the event of a future occurrence of a hazard. Structural mitigation may comprise construction of disaster resistant structures or retrofitting of existing building stock. Land use and site planning Site planning in landscape architecture and architecture refers to the organizational stage of the landscape design process. It involves the organization of land use zoning, access, circulation, privacy, security, shelter, land drainage, and other factors. may also be done with a disaster mitigation perspective. Prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response are multi disciplinary activities involving a large number of departments. The setting up of DDMA and Emergency Support Function Plan has provided a platform for the officials of these departments to interact with each other. This information, is however mostly limited to the nodal officers nominated for disaster management in their departments. There is a need for further dissemination of disaster prevention, preparedness, mitigation and response related information, so that the efforts do not lack efficiency.
The State government may introduce the concept of disaster insurance as a potentially important mitigation measure. This will not only generate awareness towards vulnerable areas but also motivate people to settle in relatively safer constructions.
In the case of the Structural Mitigation measures, though a few initiatives for reducing the vulnerability of future constructions are being undertaken, there is a need for drawing up an action plan for a systematic reduction in vulnerability of the existing buildings and structures This is a list of famous or notable buildings with articles about them. By Category
The efforts of the national government to introduce disaster management as a compulsory paper in all fields of study at graduation level in all states, if and when realized, will ensure sustainable disaster awareness among the youth, leading to disaster risk reduction in due course. The road map developed by the state government is quite comprehensive and a proper execution of the planned activities will ensure a well aware and prepared capital city. The challenge ahead is to implement the road map, unlike many other proposals and schemes of the government which are limited to paper work and contribute to piles of files and folders.
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