CBRI to undertake safety study of Parliament building

Questions over safety of the 85-year-old Parliament building in the event of a quake have prompted the Lok Sabha Secretariat to ask a premier research institute to undertake a study of the structure.

Roorkie-based Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) has been asked to undertake the study on finding whether the Parliament building will be able to withstand a major quake.

The CBRI has been vested with the responsibility of generating, cultivating and promoting building science and technology in the service of the country.

Besides, the National Disaster Management Authority has also been approached to detail the measures to be taken in the event of a quake, Lok Sabha Secretary General T K Viswanathan told PTI.

He said soon detachable ladders will be deployed in the building for fast evacuation of people inside, especially from the top floor in case of an emergency.

The Mantralaya fire in Mumbai has made the Parliament authorities to virtually burn the midnight oil for ensuring safety and security in the heritage building.

As a first step, Viswanathan said efforts are being made on a war footing to secure a 'no objection certificate' from the Delhi Fire Service "which we have never got so far".

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar had directed the secretariat to take all possible precautions and steps in the wake of the Mantralaya fire in Mumbai.

Viswanathan had held a meeting with the CPWD officers last month. The meeting saw a report being presented on the encroachment in various parts of the Parliament House building.

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