Rajiv Gruha Kalpa houses to be made earthquake-resistant

Staff Reporter

Gulzar addresses training programme on design structures

VIJAYAWADA: Adequate emphasis will be placed on the earthquake resistance capability of the houses that will be built under the Rajiv Gruha Kalpa scheme, according to Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) Commissioner Natarajan Gulzar.

Addressing a three-day training programme on `Earthquake-resistant design structures' here on Thursday, Mr. Gulzar said though construction of a large number of houses was planned for low-income groups under the Rajiv Gruha Kalpa, the design pattern had so far failed to focus on the need to make them earthquake-resistant.

The workshop was organised by the VMC in association with the local chapter of the Institution of Engineers (India).

"We will take suggestions from experts at the end of the seminar on how to include the aspect of tremor resistance in the design plans. We will try to include this in the design pattern while ensuring that the construction cost does not escalate," Mr. Gulzar said.

Chairman of the Institution of Engineers (Vijayawada chapter) V. Nageswara Rao said that the public always expected seismologists to predict an earthquake as accurately as possible, but the available scientific methods were not able to fulfil this.

He said though the Latur earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale was not of a high-intensity quake, over 10,000 people perished in it mainly due to poor quality of houses. "To avoid loss of life and injuries, it is advisable to have quake-resistant housing. This will involve development of anti-seismic codes of design and construction of houses and other structures."