The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Building Materials Technology Promotion Council (BMPTC) have come out with 'easy to use' earthquake hazard zoning maps at the country, state and district-level incorporating tehsil level features so that earthquake resistant constructions could be made to avoid destruction during natural calamity. With the use of this map, different authorities would be able to identify the areas where there was a great possibility of earthquake and accordingly earthquake resistant structures could be erected.
Releasing the map, Union Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister MVenkaiah Naidu urged both agencies, NDMA and BMPTC, to ensure digitisation of these maps at the earliest so that they could be used by the public. He also suggested evolving mobile app based on these maps. He appreciated the efforts made by the agencies and said these maps would be of significant help to architects, engineers, land use planners, insurance agencies and those involved in disaster mitigation and emergency planning and management.
The colour coded maps easily convey location in five different zones of earthquake intensity which helps in planning for disaster resistant construction with necessary technical assistance. BMPTC of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) has prepared these maps at the behest of NDMA. BMPTC prepared the maps using the data available with the Survey of India, Geological Survey of India, Meteorological Department and Census of India. The additional features of these maps include housing and population data, railway lines, expressways and highways, rivers, waterbodies and geological fault lines.
About Telugu States: Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu unveiled the Maps and declared neither AP nor Telangana featured in the Earthquake-prone States. 'Both the Telugu States are in a safe zone when it comes to Quakes. Compared to other states, Telangana has got very less chances of facing Natural Disasters,' he said.
In the wake of feared expressed by experts on the AP Capital, The latest report will clear all the doubts and declares Amaravati is a risk-free zone. However, AP can't escape from natural calamities like Cyclones and Floods. Cities like Guwahati, Srinagar, Delhi, Patna, Jammu, Amritsar, Dehradun are Earthquake-prone.