New Delhi: If Japan like catastrophe hits Delhi, there will be a hellish situation here as the national capital lacks proper policy of disaster management, which has been recently indicated by National Disaster Management, Government of India, website.

The inefficiency of the disaster management was witnessed in a case when a building had collapsed at Lalita Park in Laxmi Nagar and it took around 96 hours to clear the rubble.

There is no disaster management team for immediate action in Delhi. In case of any untoward incident, the National Disaster Management teams will come from Noida and Bhatinda.

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in 1962 had drafted a seismic resistant design code. This is the standard code for building houses and apartments. But, due to political apathy, there was no further consideration on it.

According to the management’s website, updated on May 21, 2010, around 6.5 per cent of houses in Delhi fall under high damage risk and 85.5 per cent come under moderate damage risk.

National Disaster Management Authority expert Brigadier Dr BK Khanna said that Delhi falls under seismic zone- 4 as it is adjoined with the northern part of the country. Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Nepal and Bhutan are the epicenters and tremors are felt in Delhi when an earthquake strikes these regions.

Apart from following the norms for constructing houses, residents should use iron and cement in large amounts. They should also consult engineer.

The Central government has constituted 18 teams each in Bhatinda and Noida for disaster management. They are known as Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue (CSSR) teams.

Each team has 45 members, including highly trained officers, doctors, para-medical staff and three trained dogs.

They have all the equipments which can help the team locate person under debris.

JPN/Bureau