Capacity Development for Strengthening Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management at the level of Urban Local Bodies

This presentation is based on a paper that emphasizes the need for capacity development four“pronged action plan. This includes: (i) Periodic awareness meets at regional level for Mayors/Corporators focusing on reporting of quantifiable progress achieved by each ULB, lying in seismic regions, (ii) Regular training programmes for town planners, architects, engineers and plan approving officials for regulating seismic safety in the new projects and in methods of carrying structural safety audit of existing built stock, (iii) ULBs must collaborate with academic institutions of excellence and eminent professionals having practical experience from large construction entities to provide training to their staff and practicing local engineers and architects in structural safety auditing methods and practice of forensic engineering.