Workshop for Architects and Civil Engineers, Noida Authority.
Disaster Management Cell, Noida in association with Shuttl, a private bus aggregator company, organized a “Workshop for Civil Engineers and Architects of NGY (Noida, Greater Noida & Yamuna Expressway)” on June 11, 2016 at Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra. Policy Perspective Foundation (PPF), a non-for-profit organization, was the Knowledge Partner. The workshop was attended by more than 150 personnel including Architects, Civil Engineers, Builders, Disaster Management experts, and eminent speakers from the field. Dr. Kumar Raka welcoming the participants stressed that during an earthquake people die not because of the earthquake but because of the poor construction practices and buildings. Therefore, it is imperative to take measure to ensure earthquake resilient structures and this workshop is a step towards achieving this goal. Inaugurating the workshop district magistrate Shri N. P. Singh told that the NGY region and entire Gautam Budh Nagar district falls in Seismic Zone IV and is situated on soft-soil and thus prone to local soil-liquefaction. Due to rapid urbanization the cities have been hub of the high rise buildings and therefore, it is imperative to take necessary steps for earthquake preparedness and mitigation. Professor Amita Singh of Jawaharlal Nehru University stressed that the development should be nature centric keeping in view the benefit of population rather than the people centric destroying the ecology. Shri Arun Sahdev of UNDP shared best practices around the globe in preparedness and mitigation. Shri Ved Mittal, Sr Expert and former Town Planner identified existing gaps in land by-laws within the country and suggested measures how it can be rectified to make constructions more transparent and accountable. Shri P.C. Haldar president of PPF summing the entire workshop suggested that the development should be sustainable, cities should be resilient and for that it is important the development should be in balance with the nature.