From ET Realty
The Assam Real Estate and Infrastructure Developers Association (AREIDA) on Thursday said the city and its residents needed to build up a culture of earthquake response. It added, however, that the buildings of the city were better than those in other cities of the country.
“Assam must learn to live with earthquakes and Guwahati cannot avoid high-rise buildings due to the scarcity and high price of residential land. A recent technical study has revealed that the earthquake-resistance of buildings here is better than buildings in other cities,” AREIDA president PK Sharma said. The technical study was undertaken by NORSAR, an international scientific agency from Norway, in association with Assam Engineering College. It was funded by the embassy of Norway. Experts from Norway and Assam Engineering College examined around 16,000 buildings in the city as part of the study.