The state government on April 28 floated a proposal for Delhiites to have their buildings inspected by structural engineers to determine whether they are earthquake resistant or not. It also issued directions to all government and private hospitals to provide treatment free of cost to victims of all natural calamities and disasters.
In a meeting on disaster management called by CM Arvind Kejriwal, it was decided to commission a study to explore the possibility of empanelling structural engineers. "Around 200 structural engineers are registered with various agencies in the city. The proposal is to have home owners to get their buildings inspected by the engineers who will then suggest possible ways of making the buildings safe. At some point it may be considered to make this certification mandatory. The list will be made public shortly," said a government source.
It has also been decided by the health department that in the case of natural calamity or disaster, all government and private hospitals and nursing homes will provide treatment free of cost to victims. "No hospital or nursing home shall refuse to provide medical treatment for any reason," the circular issued by the health department states.
The circular has mentioned the Delhi Nursing Homes Registration (Amendment) Rules, which state "in case of disaster or natural calamity the treatment will be provided free of cost till such time as the government decides". All government hospitals will also be retrofitted in a phased manner to equip them to deal with all kinds of natural disasters. The health department has been directed to increase the emergency surplus water capacity of hospitals from one day to four days.
The CM has called a meeting of the state executive committee of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Thursday to revise and update the draft of the state disaster management plan. It has also been decided to increase the manpower of quick reaction teams. The CM told the officials that the option of having 33 QRTs in Delhi should be seriously explored.