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Old February 6th, 2002, 09:41 AM
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Quake risk study on Indian cities

New Delhi, Feb. 6. (UNI): An earthquake risk index of 25 Indian cities is to be prepared under a new United Nations-supported study.

All the cities, most of them State capitals, fall between Seismic Zone-III (moderate damage risk zone) and Zone-V (very high damage risk zone), except Jaipur, which is in Zone-II (low damage risk zone).

The study, Indian Earthquake Safety Initiative (INDESI), to be conducted by the California-based Geohazards International (GHI) and the Government-run National Centre for Disaster Management (NCDM), will begin within a few months and will have a tenure of three years. The study is supported by the Kobe-based United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD).

The 30 cities were chosen from a list of 94 cities, according to Dr. Brian Tucker, president, GHI. Seeds India, a Delhi-based non- governmental organisation also will be involved in the project.

Twelve cities - Srinagar, Mumbai, Port Blair, Bhuj, Sikkim capital Gangtok and the seven north-east capitals - selected for the study fall in Zone-V. Five cities - Kolkata, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehra Dun and Delhi - fall in Zone-IV and the remainder in Zone-III (Agra, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Lucknow, Panaji, Patna and Pune).

INDESI will adopt the methodology used by GHI for its Global Earthquake Safety Initiative (GESI), which studied 21 cities across the world last year, for India. Delhi and Mumbai were among the 21 cities studied under GESI.

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