MUMBAI : The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday chaired a review meeeting of top officials of the government on the spate of tremors which is rocking Dahanu since November 2018. The CM also handed a Rs 4 lakh cheque as compensation to Ramesh Bhuyal, father of Vaibhavi aged 2 years, who died while fleeing when the tremors started  on 1 February in Haladpada in Dahanu. She received serious head injuries as she fell on a rock and died while being rushed to a government hospital. 

The cheque was issued by the Relief and Rehabilitation Department under the Revenue and Forest department. The cheque was handed over to Ramesh Bhuyal in the PWD Guest house in Palghar,confirmed Navnath Zare, Residential Collector, Palghar. 

Talking to newsmen, Fadnavis said the government will  be modifying the Government Resolution (GR) in such cases of natural calamities, so that the victims get help on a priority level and thus we will modify the GRs and I have told the District Collectors in the State to give a report in this regard,said Fadnavis. Usually compensation is given to victims involved in natural calamities like floods, earthquakes and other natural tragedies, but in case of death of the minor girl, we gave the compensation as a special case, and so we will modify the GRs so that victims need not be denied of compensation,said Fadnavis.

We have found destruction of houses in 17 villages in Dahanu and Talasari and instead of constructing new houses, we are considering retrofitting the structures, as time will be saved in constructing new houses, and we have roped in experts from IIT, Bombay, National Centre for Seismology, New Delhi, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad and other organisations to give design for earthquake resistant houses as a long term plan.

The geologists are also studying whether the fault lines will increase in Dahanu and Talasari, and which could rise to further tremors,as till now, 40 mild tremors have been recorded by the 5 seismographs installed,said Fadnavis, since November 2018. The data is being collated and will be sent to the NGRI, NCS for further analysis, he said. 

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have installed 200 tents and tarpaulins for the people of the two talukas and we are to organise massive awareness campaign so as to quell fear by the people due to the tremors,said Fadnavis. The government will be surveying all old structures of Zilla Parishad schools, ashramshalas  and hostels so that preventive steps could be taken in cases of tremors, he said.