New Delhi: Foreseeing possible impact in
case a disaster strikes the city, Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit today sought strict enforcement of building bye-laws
to ensure proper compliance of safety standards in the
"There is a need to ensure strict enforcement of the
building bye-laws considering that the city is extremely
vulnerable to various natural disasters," she said addressing
a seminar on media`s role in disaster management.
The civic bodies examine compliance of building
bye-laws in the city.
Asking the authorities to modernise the response
mechanism, Dikshit said apart from natural disasters, the city
is also faced with the risk of human induced disasters such as
bomb blasts and terror strikes.
"While fine tuning our disaster response system, we
will have to also factor in the density of population in the
city," Dikshit said.
Exhorting the media to focus on ways and means to
contain disasters and help in bringing awareness about the
precautions needed during any disaster, she said Delhi is in
seismic zone-IV which is considered prone to earthquake.
"We have densely populated areas having large numbers
of unsafe buildings. The sizable number of unauthorised
colonies and urban slums compound vulnerability in Delhi," she
The Chief Minister said an earthquake can cause
unprecedented and colossal damage to Delhi and hence it was
essential to concentrate on preparedness and training.