UNDP and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India have released a “Trainer’s Guide for Training on Hazard Resistant Construction in India” for the non-engineered buildings in June 2009. It is made by Mr. Rajendra Desai (a structural engineer) and Ms. Rupal Desai (an architect) the Honorary Joint Directors of National Centre for Peoples’-Action in Disaster Preparedness (NCPDP).
It provides all necessary details for developing mason training program including course curriculum, making of training tools, procedure for training, making of mockups, advance preparations required for undertaking training program etc. The Guide covers new construction as well as repair and retrofitting for the popular masonry systems including brick, concrete blocks and stone, and popular roofing consisting of pitched clay tiles and CGI, and RC slab roof. It also covers issues concerning the hazard resistant features needed to tackle various natural hazards such as earthquake, cyclone, and flood. All technical details are obtained from the “Manual for Hazard Resistant Construction in India” written by same authors by UNDP that was released in July 2008 which is linked to this Guide.
It is hoped that this manual will contribute towards improvement in the skill levels of the building artisans, and there by ensure better structural performance in the face of potentially destructive natural hazards, and thus bring safety to the people, rich and poor alike in India.
A copy of the manual could be obtained from UNDP, India while the copies last.