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The two judge bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar on an application filed by the advocate Arpit Bhargava sought response from the central government and the Delhi state government to explain their plan to deal with the natural calamity that is earthquake and how they are going to implement the same on urgent basis. The application was filed in response to 11 earthquakes experienced in Delhi NCR from 12th May to 4th June and recorded by National Centre of Seismology.

The court has also directed the competent authorities to inform people about the precautionary measures and the government action plan. Court has issued that the authorities have to comply with the earlier given direction on the given matter.

Delhi High Court on August 2015 noted that only 10- 15% buildings of Delhi comply with the Delhi Building Code and Regulations which are specific foe seismic zone 4. Keeping this in mind the court issued directions for the authorities to take action else it will lead to disaster but even after repeated warning no actions were taken. Later in May 2019 the court had warned all the officials of Delhi government, Delhi Development Authority, New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Cantonment Board and other local authorities that if no action is taken by them then they shall be liable for contempt of court order. Following which in December 2019 court gave final opportunity to the authorities to present their action plan for the given matter.

The next hearing pertaining this matter shall be heard on 15th June 2020.

By: Nandini Srivastava

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