In his address at the IIT-G 2020 Convocation, Modi urged the institute to set up a Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Center which would help the northeastern states to effectively manage various natural and industrial disasters. The most earthquake-prone areas, Assam and the pre-natural zone are located in the zone zone.
The 7th edition of the prestigious Quartet International Conference of the ICRG on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics was inaugurated from 12 to 15 July. Chief Minister Himanta Bishwa Sarma inaugurated the CDMR at Premier Technology in the presence of Prof. RK Bhandari, former Director, Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Prof. TG Sitharam, IIT-G Director, faculty members, researchers and experts from various national and international levels. .
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Congratulating IIT-G, the Chief Minister noted that building a network of universities to work on disaster-related issues was one of the main objectives of the Prime Minister’s Ten-Point Agenda on Disaster Risk Reduction. He dedicated the center to the people of Assam and the Northeast. “I congratulate Professor TG Sitharam and Professor Sudip Mitra, the founder of this new center, for the speedy implementation of this vision of the Prime Minister and for starting the academic programs with full enthusiasm,” Sarma said.
Speaking at the ICRJ, Professor Sitharam said, “The Prime Minister is pushing for disaster risk reduction in public expenditure, especially in infrastructure development, which has been a top priority since the Prime Minister unveiled his ten-point agenda.”
The initiative is a long-awaited development in northeastern India, a spokesman for IIT-G said, adding that a number of infrastructure projects such as roads, railways, bridges and airports have been taken up. Thus, he said, there was a need to create such centers to work with disaster management agencies.
“As many connectivity projects are being completed in the Northeast as before, pre-natural states are most at risk of disasters, it is important to ensure that extreme climatic events minimize infrastructural damage,” he added.
Professor Sitharam called upon the CDMR and the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASMDA) to work closely with the state for development and to build networks with various organizations across the region to address the problem of disaster risk reduction.