New Delhi: Expressing concern over the problems faced in disaster management in the national capital, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit termed the soaring population graph as a major hindrance in relief works.

In order to be prepared for any natural calamity, she laid thrust on changing the by-laws for the construction of buildings.

Dikshit inaugurated a workshop on the ‘Role of Media in Reducing the Risk of Disaster’ organsied by the Revenue Department on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, she said, “Delhi stands at a greater risk due to densely populated areas, unsafe buildings, illegal structures, unauthorized colonies and slums.”

She said, “Delhi is earthquake prone and falls under the seismic zone 4, so we must be prepared to face any calamity.”

The workshop invited many suggestions to deal with the situation like unified building code, strengthening and retrofitting of present structures, setting up an information mechanism under the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), appointing experts and special training of media in this regard.