Hon'ble CM dedicates ‘Institute of Seismological Research’ to nation

Published By : Admin | January 22, 2011 | 04:34 IST

Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated ‘Institute of Seismological Reseach (ISR)’ to the nation today. This world-class institute will make research in the field of earthquake science and will find ways to safeguard people from the dangers of this monstrous hazard. Chief Minister also dedicated a one megawatt solar plant to the nation and inaugurated an international conference on earthquake science at the conference room of Pandit Dindayal Petroleum University.

Five-day international seminar will see participation from scientists and experts from around 24 countries including 150 experts from India. Experts will deliberate on the scientific methods to mitigate dangers of disasters like earthquake.

Chief Minister while welcoming the experts said that in the time of just three years of the earthquake hitting Gujarat in 2001, the state had finished the rehabilitation process and started marching on the growth-route with even more vigor. With the establishment of the world-class institute like ISR is the state, Gujarat has shown the metal it possesses to the world.

He recalled that NDA government led by Shri Atalbihari Vajpai had announced Rs.200-crore for the setting up of the institute like ISR but the UPA government followed by NDA did not sanctioned the project saying that Gujarat did not need such institute.

Chief Minister, on the occasion, called upon youths to take Phd degree from the institute and to give their brain for the good of humanity, and assured them the state government will provide residence and scholarship to them during their two years’ research period.

Shri Modi informed that around 57% of the land of Gujarat is considered as earthquake sensitive. With the setting up of ISR, the state government has established a network that will provide the details like the magnitude of shock, location of epicenter of the earthquake and others just in the time of minutes.

He said that ISR has already begun 15 stations that will make research in the field of earthquake. Places like SIR at Dholera, GIFT city ad Mundra LNG port terminal have already been assessed for the seismological dangers, he added.

While dedicating the solar power plant to the nation, Shri Modi said the plant has been commissioned in the time of just 105 days with the expense of Rs.15-crore. He informed that the plant will generate around 15-lakh unit of power per year, will lesson the carbon emission by 1500T and will supply solar power to about 1500 houses.

Chief Minister said the state government is heading towards making Gandhinagar a solar city and Gujarat will become Solar Capital of the world.

Guest of honour on the occasion, Revenue Minister Smt.Anandiben Patel said that ISR will become a major centre for the seismological studies and its researches will become useful in meeting with the natural disasters like earthquake. She informed that the state government has started emergency centers in every district with a view to minimize the losses occurred due to natural calamities. State government has provided various instruments and multi rescue operators with the cost of Rs.250-crore.

Padmashri, B.Bhattacharya, member of National Disaster Management Authority, said that Gujarat has given an ideal role model to the country in the form of Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA). Gujarat government led by Shri Narendra Modi deserves appreciation as it has initiated proactively to deal with future consequences of natural calamities and shown the world a new path.

Shri S.K.Jain, MD of Nuclear Power Corporation, Prof.P.K.Banik, Director General of Pandit Dindayal Petroleum University along with seismological scientists around the world were present on the occasion.

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