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The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences has awarded the work to Gandhinagar-based ISR which has been doing similar work in Gujarat.
“For this work, ISR has won the bid ahead of the various IITs like IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Rourkee and IISc Bangalore. We have selected for all the eight cities namely Amritsar, Varanasi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Meerut, Patna and Dhanbad. An agreement has been signed with the Ministry earlier this week,” said Dr Sumer Chopra, officiating director general of ISR, an establishment fully dedicated to earthquake studies.
Gujarat-based Institute of Seismological Research (ISR) has been awarded the work of preparing seismic microzonation maps for eight earthquake-prone cities located in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. The work will involve studying the seismic activity and the possibility of large earthquakes striking these cities.