SHILLONG, Oct 24: Deputy chief minister RC Laloo on Tuesday inaugurated the 3-day Specialised Training Programme on “Seismic Safety Assessment of Building in Rapid Visual Screening and Retrofitting” for Engineers, Architects and Town Planners of various State Departments at Shillong Club, Shillong.
The programme is being organised by the Meghalaya State Disaster Management Authority (MSDMA) in collaboration with the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
The inaugural programme was also attended by PW Ingty, Additional chief secretary in charge Revenue and Disaster Management, HB Marak, Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, I Mawlong, Executive Director, SDMA, Prof. Chandan Ghosh and Dr Amir Ali Khan from National Institute of Disaster Management among others.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Laloo said that Meghalaya had experienced several earthquakes in the past, being in the Zone V of the seismic map of India.
Stating that the threat of earthquakes of big and small magnitudes always looms large, Prof. Laloo said that resilience building practices such as Rapid Visual Screening and Retrofitting has become the need of the hour.