Subtitle:50 out of 100 peoples
“…but that day when I returned back to home from kathmandu ground still shaking I saw my house leaning backward neither welcoming me nor requesting me to enter just standing silently like an oldged sick person that can do nothing but just waiting helplessly to collapse day by day.Baisak 29 the day, the strike, the quake and somewhere I lost my little world…” extracted from facebook post of one of the victims of earthquake 2072 from sindhupalchock, barhabise-9.
As our study about his house we found out that the main cause of such distruction was poor building construction and lack of earthquake ressitant techniques.The story was almost same for numbers of others too.
Me and my collegue tight our belts and begin to search for how to make and spread the ideas regarding earthquake resistant constructions.Our first visit was Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) near Babar Mahal, receiving good construction ideas we gathered pamplets, posters and booklets from there. Later we visited National Society for Earthquake Technology- Nepal (NSET) of Baisepati and there also collected hard copies of informations. It was our resource collection phase.
With taking various presentation classes in Nepal Engineers’ Association (NEA) and with various group discussion, some of the earthquake resistant techniques that we have learned are listed below:
-For damaged buildings-R4
1.Repair,2.Restore, 3.Retrofitting and 4.Reconstruction.
1.Engineered Design 2.Construction Supervision 3.Structural design and detailing (size of beam and column, slab thickness, numbers of bars and connection details etc.) .
In a next phase we are going to have a small but intelectual meeting to discuss our plan with freinds like Architects and Engineers to build a team. No matter how many of them are going to involve, no matter how much money is going to expense and no matter how much guts we need but we are going to aware the peoples of Nepal.
In final phase, we are going to choose Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur Durbar Square). We will choose a particular place where we can hang pamplets and posters. We manage one small desk with big title ‘Awareness Program’. We will welcome every individual passing-by and will provide information regarding earthquake and more about earthquake resistant building construction techniques. If we will be able to gather a mass than we will address for a whole or atleast we can deliver the informative papers.
We know what we are doing and for this we are not seeking any penny. You can call us self-motivated and self-guided team. We know in this bussiest time all may not be beneficail by our words but we believe and will be satisfied if 5 out of 100 people got aware and implement our knowledge and informations, we will feel successful.
If successful then our program will be elongated to Sindhupalchwok, Dolakha and Gorkha District. If success stories continues than it will be time for long tour/ mission from Mechi to Mahakali.
We know there are not any earthquake proof building in the world and not it is pratically applicable. But we will teach peoplesthe teachniques to build the earthquake resistant construction.We will be foccused in tehnical details.In this present situation to rebuild Nepal is to build houses that will not give fearful scenario to the peoples rather make them belive to stay calm and let pass the so called disaster earthquake.
This is just our small self motivated steps with only motto of awareness to the peoples of nepal such that at least earthquake will not destroy the dream,the life,the time-span,the money,the moments that one creates with own’s house.
Hope we can meet in one of our ‘awareness programme’ and heartly all are welcome.Thankyou.