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CM orders safety audit of Govt buildings

SHILLONG: Taking serious note of the recent earthquake that  hit Shillong and other parts of North-East, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has ordered an immediate auditing of safety standards  of all the lifeline buildings in the states such as Deputy Commissioners’  office, SP office, police headquarters and  hospitals.
Speaking to media persons here on Thursday, Chief Minister said that he has already directed the officers concerned to call meetings in all the line departments and chalk out measures on the preparedness of the state to withstand such  natural calamities.
Stating that   sensitization programme and mock drill have been conducted in the state to take measures from natural calamities, he pointed out that the State Government would activate all its agencies.
It may be mentioned that though there was no casualty in the state, many people were killed besides injury to hundreds of people in the earthquake which jolt the region earlier this week.
In Shillong, two women were injured and many buildings developed cracks following the earthquake.
Meanwhile, Naba  Bhattacharjee, who was to file a petition before the High Court on Friday on state’s   preparedness  following the earthquake, has decided not to file the petition.
He, however, said that there is no clear indication from the Chief Minister about the security audit of private and individual buildings which pose more threats to people during such calamities.
He said that even private buildings should be brought under the ambit of the auditing to be carried out by the State Government.

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