Patna: Sensing the gravity of the situation triggered by the cataclysmic earthquake that unleashed havoc across the north and east India, the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar has pulled up its socks to take preventive measures to meet the challenges of the calamity.

The Bihar government is preparing a legislation, which will mandate to use earthquake-resistant structures while constructing buildings in the state. The Urban Development Department of the state is working on the draft, which will be introduced in the winter session of the Assembly.

Presently, the 1984 Building bye-laws effective in the state were amended in 2007 for the Municipal department.

Responding on the recent earthquakes, Nitish said, “I thank God that there are no causalities in Bihar.”

“I have raised the issue related to earthquake many times since 2006. Patna falls under seismic zone 4. Those who are not constructing earthquake-resistant houses are giving an open invitation to death,” he added.

“We are also planning to launch awareness campaigns on the disaster management with emphasis on earthquakes but situation is such that the buildings are constructed on both the sides of the road in such a way that it is difficult to move the vehicle during emergency situations for relief operations,” he said.

Shashisekhar Sharma, Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department said, “We are preparing new building bye-laws which will soon be sent for the Cabinet approval.”
Besides, a system will be made to keep a check on whether buildings are being constructed as per norms.