Agartala: Authorities in Mizoram and Tripura, given the high susceptibility of India’s mountainous northeast to earthquakes, are becoming stricter in enforcing official guidelines on the construction of concrete houses and structures.
The Geological Survey of India had prior notified that the northeastern region could experience a shocking earthquake as the region, according to seismologists, falls in Zone V, the 6th worst quake-prone belt in the world.
An official of the Aizawl Development Authority (ADA) told reporters “One building has been demolished recently and owners of 53 others have been asked to bring down theirs as they violated the Building Regulations Act.”
The ADA has lately received 3,499 applications for construction of buildings, of which 3,257 had been accepted and the remaining either rejected or withdrawn for disobedience of the guidelines on quake resistance.
Officials said that chief ministers and chief secretaries of Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura held separate review meetings in their respective state capitals Monday and Tuesday and determined to develop the existing infrastructure.
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake had rocked huge parts of north, east and northeastern India and neighbouring Bangladesh and Nepal last Sunday.