AP seeks quake-proof plan for capital from Singapore
AP seeks quake-proof plan for capital from Singapore. In view of the recent massive cyclone that shattered Nepal, the Andhra Pradesh government is...
Core capital area and capital city of Andhra Pradesh fall under Zone-3 having moderate risk of seismic activity. The AP government is also seeking Japan help in dealing with quakes
taking no chance
- Singapore equipped itself with technology to deal with high magnitude earthquakes as it is prone to quakes from two possible sources.
- Andhra Pradesh wants Singapore to incorporate that technology in its master plan
Hyderabad: In view of the recent massive cyclone that shattered Nepal, the Andhra Pradesh government is understood to have told the Singapore government to provide an earth quake resilient Master Plan for its new state capital at Amarvati. According to sources, even Vijayawada and Guntur, which are part of the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) region, fall under the earth quake zone –III, having moderate risk of seismic activity. There was no record in the recent past that Singapore had experienced any earth quake. However, it has equipped itself with necessary technology and knowhow on the earthquake-resilient construction models, as part of its urban development planning.
This was because studies point out that there were two possible sources of major earthquakes existing for Singapore. The first is the Sumatra fault that lies about 400 km from Singapore at its closest point. This is a strike slip fault where an earthquake of 7.8 on the Richter scale was possible. The subduction zone at the Java trench about 600 km from Singapore could experience earthquake of about 8.9 magnitude on Richter scale. In the wake of such threats, Singapore had equipped itself with technology to deal with Seismic performance even in high rise buildings.
The Andhra Pradesh government wants the Singapore government to design the master plan in consonance with such technology. Officials say that the core capital area and capital city falling under zone–3 have moderate risk of seismic activity and hence it does not want to take any chance. The government is even taking the advice of Japan to integrate their technical knowhow and ensure that the proposed global standard state capital city would be safe and earthquake risk-free.
By VRC Phaniharan