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JAMMU: A Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Baddar Durez Ahmed and Justice Alok Aradhe observed that it is imperative for the State to be prepared for tackling the situation during an earthquake as the propensity of earthquakes is high in
Jammu and Kashmir which falls in either Seismic Zone-IV or V.
The court’s observation came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Kirpal Chand seeking direction to State to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary with members of concerned fields to review the preparedness of the state Government with regard to the earthquake and to carry out all the process.
A Division Bench after hearing Advocate Munish Sharma appearing for the PIL and Advocate General Jehangir Iqbal Ganai for the State while ASGI Sindu Sharma sought response from respondents that whether there is a Disaster Management Plan proposed by the State Government and if so, the details thereof and whether there is any Plan of Action with regard to making buildings in the region complied with the National Building Code for Seismic Zones IV and V. It further directed that Union of India may furnish a copy of the National Building Code specifically for Seismic Zones IV and V.
During the course of hearing, Advocate Munish Sharma submitted that some days back news had appeared in the press that our State has become vulnerable to earthquake of abnormal magnitude and may cause huge loss to life and property.
“This news has cause lot of concern to all the residents of the State as earthquakes are one of the worst natural disasters which have caused destruction of human life and property in the history of mankind. Keeping in view the vulnerability to earthquakes, India is divided into four zones. Accordingly Disaster and Hazard profile of J&K, drawn by department of Ecology Environment and Remote Sensing, our State falls in the most vulnerable zones viz. Zone-IV and Zone-V. The Kashmir valley falls more or less in Zone-V while Ladakh and
Jammu regions fall in Zone-IV” Advocate Munish submitted.
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