Hardeep Singh Puri
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Hardeep Singh Puri, the Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, recently said that there is a need to build the capacity of professionals to comprehend hazard-resistant features and use them while designing and preparing housing projects in the country.

While speaking at a national workshop on ‘Earthquake Preparedness in India’ at Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) in the national capital, the minister also said that the professionals can provide first-hand information on hazard-resistant practices to all, including policymakers.

He also said that when states make their presentation on the housing projects being taken up under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), the resilience of the structures and the designs are looked into, by the engineering professionals of the Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC).

Puri, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs minister was quoted saying, “There is a need to build the capacity of the professionals, to comprehend hazard-resistant features given in Indian standards and use them, while designing and preparing the project report and provide the first-hand information on hazard-resistant practices to all, including policymakers.”

He said it was important to keep disaster management in mind, while preparing the plan, so that the environment created is sustainable against natural hazards.

Earlier, the Union housing and urban affairs minister recently said that the implementation of Maharashtra Government’s RERA [Real Estate Regulatory Act], 2016 paved way for the smart redressal of complaints filed with same. The minister also said that with 70% addressal of complaints from total 4,000 complaints is worth learning for other states.