Soil testing suggested before constructing buildings

Experts have suggested the people to conduct soil testing before planning to construct a new building. It is necessary to have soil on the site tested to determine whether it is suitable for the construction of house or buildings.

In an interaction programme on ‘ Nepal after Earthquake’ organised by the National Campaign for Disaster Risk Management here Thursday, experts concerned said soil testing before the construction of physical infrastructure could help the people remain safe from earthquake destructions.

Geotechnical engineer Dr Ranjan Dahal said although geologist could predict the possibility of earthquake, its timing was unpredictable and it was better to focus on the construction of earthquake-resistant buildings with soil testing to remain safe from possible damages.

Prof Dr Premnath Maskey stressed the need of effective monitoring from the government and public awareness to ensure the construction of buildings safe from earthquake damages and its lack was responsible for massive losses of lives and property by the recent earthquake in the country, he said. The hilly sites located near to rivulets are vulnerable to landslides during monsoon and it was the responsibility of the state and political parties to guarantee safety of the people living there.

It has been stressed that it was essential to know the nature of soil ( reactive or stable) before constructing any buildings.

Campaign coordinator Gangalal Tuladhar said construction of building as per standards should be the focus of the country to prevent untoward damages from the quake. Lawmakers should go for monitoring whether earthquake survivors have been provided relief goods.

Nepal Rastra Bank former governor Dr Yubaraj Khatiwada said Rs 100 billion has been estimated for the reconstructions of earthquake-damaged infrastructures. The reconstruction works should however started immediately, he said. RSS

Source: Myrepublica