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Gupta S.P.,National Institute of Disaster Management
ISRM International Symposium - 8th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium, ARMS 2014 | Year: 2014

India has 2% of the total land area of the world but supports more than 17% of global population. Due to diverse geological environment and geodynamic processes, the country faces several types of geohazards including earthquakes, landslides, tsunami, glacial lake outburst floods, landslide dammed lake out burst floods etc. that affect the lives, economy and environment adversely. About 2% of the gross domestic product and 12% of the revenue is lost on an average annually due to various disasters that also kill several thousand people. Approximately 59% of the land territory is affected by earthquakes and falls in seismic zones III, IV and V where seismic intensities of VII, VIII and IX respectively may be expected. The northern part of the country comprises Himalayan belt that is geodynamically active, climatically sensitive and severely susceptible to landslides and flash floods besides the earthquakes. Due to changing climatic conditions, rising population and unsafe development / urbanization practices, the incidences and impacts of these geohazards are increasing. Keeping the above context in mind, the national disaster management authority in India has made attempts to assess the types and levels of these disasters that affected the country in the past and identified potential risks to different vulnerable elements based on inputs from various sectors and disciplines. The professional geologists and engineers have contributed greatly towards better scientific understanding of the geohazards and formulating effective plans for safer sustainable development. The national level policy, guidelines, plans, programmes, projects and procedures / regulatory measures focusing on technical, administrative, financial, legal and socio-cultural issues, have targeted integration of disaster risk reduction with development. The paper discusses the national initiatives with particular reference to earthquakes and landslides with a view to share and exchange the experiences in disaster risk reduction. It will help in learning good and bad practices for promoting disaster resistant / resilient development and nurturing a culture of risk avoidance, prevention, mitigation and preparedness at global level. © 2014 by Japanese Committee for Rock Mechanics. Source

Parkash S.,National Institute of Disaster Management
Water and Energy International | Year: 2012

Infrastructure is basic physical and organizational structures needed for the operation of a society or enterprise or the services and facilities necessary for an economy to function. It is a set of interconnected structural elements that provide framework and supports an entire structure of development. It includes roads, communication, power, water supply, sewerage systems etc., which are essential to enable, sustain, or enhance societal living conditions. However, infrastructure is not only the public works facilities, but also the operating procedures, management practices, development and disaster management policies that interact together with societal demand and the physical infrastructure. The large physical networks necessary for the functioning are often referred as Hard Infrastructure whereas soft infrastructure refers to the institutions/systems/procedures which are required to maintain the safety, economy, health, cultural and social standards as well as the law enforcement and emergency services. The present paper focuses mainly on the soft infrastructure, with particular emphasis on landslide risk reduction related to development, maintenance and management of hard infrastructure in hilly terrains. It is well knawn fact that unplanned and unscientific developments have aggravated the incidences and impacts of disastersllandslides on the society as well as environment in hills, resulting in huge losses. According to an economic estimate, India loses about Rs.lOO billion annually on an average due to landslides. Besides the economic losses, hundreds of human lives are lost and thausands of people become homeless anOIor jobless. Considering the magnitude of landslides impacts and risks, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Government of India had widespread consultations with all stakehalders and issued national guidelines for management of landslides and avalanches. The guidelines envisage systematic approach to landslides risk reduction and proposed action plans for different activities to be undertaken by organizations, professionals and communities. NDMA has also proposed a disaster risk audit for the development projects so that adverse impacts of development can be reduced as well as the risks of disasters on our development are also minimized. It gives an overview of the national guidelines on management of landslides and avalanches with particular reference to infrastructure projects for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in development. Source

Bhattacharya T.,School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi | Guleria S.,National Institute of Disaster Management
Journal of Coastal Conservation | Year: 2012

The Indian subcontinent is highly prone to the detrimental impacts of hazards viz. cyclones, floods and storm surges. Of late, these events have become extreme in nature and intensity. While occurrence and severity of the events is being linked to the phenomenon of climate change, their devastating potentialities are also getting triggered due to lack of resilience and coping capacity of the human community. That in turn depends on distribution of activities over the land i. e. land use pattern, affecting the socio -economic conditions directly. A coastal village often lacks infrastructural support, administrative attention and planning standards compared to a coastal city, thereby making it more vulnerable to disasters like flood. In a coastal city it is easy to govern and manage livelihood as land use depends highly on anthropogenic decisions. While in a coastal village, activities would highly depend on its natural characteristics viz. coastal geomorphology, soil, vegetation cover i. e. governance of livelihood by the eco-system. Hence, managing disaster through in-situ pro-active or developmental measures in a rural planning unit though imperative, is a challenging task. This paper focuses on spatial planning techniques for Restoration of ecological buffers and livelihood enhancement that would sustainably combat the impact of flood at village level in a coastal area. Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) techniques have been used extensively in this study as application tools. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. Source

Sattenpalli S.,Revenue | Parkash S.,National Institute of Disaster Management
Landslide Science and Practice: Global Environmental Change | Year: 2013

Generally the land divided on usage categories like cultivation, human settlements, pastures, fallow lands, arable lands, canals, hillocks etc. During ancient times, only tribal people used to settle in hilly terrains but now-a-days urban agglomerations are also found on hill slopes. People prefer to live in these areas even much hinter-lands, due to scope for growth in vertical/horizontal way. Priority to settle on slopes is due to hike in land cost, hype of real estate, change in land use, role of land mafia, urban pressures, proximity to work places, livelihood and social and economic compulsions. Change in land use is the utmost important factor for settlement of people in landslide prone areas. Majority of land alienated to software and other allied industries, SEZS, Corporate educational institutions, corporate hospitals, golf courses, real estate firms run by private companies, transfer to para-statal agencies, tourism developmental activities, infrastructure developments such as Metro rails, air ports, highways, flyovers, utilities and services etc. People living there are vulnerable to normal life such as no connectivity for food chain, water, transport, communication, no access to health, education and good hygienic conditions, all became hindrances to their social and economic life. Heavy rains, sudden fast draw-down from water reservoirs and water leakage from utilities causes landslides in hill slopes particularly in monsoon period. Due to increasing in population density and landslide damage, the urban areas suffer heavy damages and losses. In high altitude areas people live near to landslide prone zones facing peculiar problem of inaccessibility to communication, transportation and food security. The control of damage in fire accidents, reduction of casualties is not feasible as only manual linkage is accessible for immediate relief. Governance is complicating in creation of infrastructure while providing amenities, accessibility to livelihoods affected on linkage of welfare programs results set back to developmental plans, vulnerability reduction is difficult in case of increasing population density. Abundant gap in permissions and taxation and immediate relief in exigencies exist in the government system. Land use planning by creating fool proofmechanismin water usage utilities, control blasting operations/debris in nearby areas, creation of better alternative living environment in proximity to work places. In core areas 20 % land reserved for this people, through legislation of 'slum identification, redevelopment, rehabilitation and prevention Act', covered security of tenure with a reserved quota to the people living on landslides areas and solid waste landfill sites, and other hazardous areas like canal bunds, tank beds, road margins, burial grounds etc. shall be covered under JNNURM, RAY, IAY, ACDP programs in phased manner. Permissions for settlement and expansions should be discouraged by ULBs. Mentioning the people living in landslide prone areas as special category in UNIQUE ID Card, not in a manner of HUCKO ID Cards of China, may provide flexibility to settle in better livelihood places by giving top priority, by reserving land in SEZS for the people. Segregate accommodation to be provided for families to avoid destruction in social life unlike dormitories. Equal priority for food security will be given to these people in issuing of smart cards such as chronic hungers like children, pregnant women, old persons, disabled and homeless in supply of essential commodities with a comprehensive approach for implementing of Food security Act. Providing incentives and subsidies to go downs in protected areas near to landslides for PDS and kept buffer stocks for immediate relief in emergency seasons. Separate calamity fund are available for ULBs to meet exigencies against incessant heavy rains, fire accidents and other hazards. Training on mitigation and skill development along with NSDC and MEPMA for better livelihoods would be good option. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013. Source

Parkash S.,National Institute of Disaster Management
Landslide Science and Practice: Social and Economic Impact and Policies | Year: 2013

The multifaceted aspects of landslide management, especially risk assessment, prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response require an inter-disciplinary cross-sectoral and multi-level action strategy. But the success of the strategy depends on education, training and capacity building of all stakeholders to make them act in an integrated manner towards a convergent holistic approach for mainstreaming landslides risk reduction and disaster management. The present paper discusses about the issues and initiatives proposed or taken in this direction, with particular reference to India. Education and training needs analysis of different stakeholders dealing with landslides led to the view that there is dearth of adequately educated and trained human resources as well as infra-structure/resources to tackle the various issues related to risk reduction, emergency response and recovery. A scrutiny of existing landslides management practices highlighted that only ad-hoc reactive piece-meal measures have been taken in a discontinuous mode without sound scientific, systematic means which proved to be a costly affair. Thus, a revision of the existing educational, training and capacity building programmes became necessary to strengthen the nation-wide organized vibrant pro-active, systematic and scientific institutional mechanism that would replace the less recognized and poorly appreciated existing system. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013. Source

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