New Delhi: Major hospitals in the national capital will soon be retrofitted with the help of US expertise to make them safe from earthquake.
A senior official from the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) told PTI that the GeoHazards International, an NGO engaged in serving people across the globe who live in quake-prone areas, will chip in technical inputs for making the hospitals safe from quakes.
“The plan to retrofit the health institutions has been approved in principle and now the assessment work is in progress,” said Vinay Kumar, Additional District Magistrate (DDMA). The task is likely to be completed by the end of this financial year, he added.
“To begin with revenue deputy commissioners have been asked to identify one hospital from their district to be retrofitted and make them safe from natural calamities,” he added.
The funds for the job will soon be released and the US experts along with their local counterparts from the NGO will carry retrofitting of one hospital each from nine districts.
“Later all hospitals can be covered depending on the need,” Kumar said.
Retrofitting of a building neutralises the risk factor from any disaster, particularly earthquake, and hospitals have been chosen as they have to deal with a with a large number of injured and the dead in case of such happenings. There are around 30 major hospitals across the capital.
As the capital has been identified as high-risk zone, five “life-line buildings” -- Police headquarters, Delhi Secretariat (Players’ Building), Office of the Divisional Commissioner on Shamnath Marg, Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital and Ludlow Castle School -- are already under the process of being retrofitted with the help of the US-based NGO.