Local Government Profile
Dehradun - India
Shri Vinod Chamoli
Website of the city : www.nagarnigamdehradun.com
Size : 52 km2 sq km
Population : 2001 - 530,263
Part Of : Uttarakhand
Hazards : Flood, Epidemic & Pandemic, Earthquake
The city of Dehradun (30.19°N and 78.04°E) is the state capital of Uttaranchal and is located on the foothills of the Himalaya, in the western part of Uttarakhand and close to the Main Boundary Thrust (MBT) fault. This MBT runs towards north of the city .The importance of the city as state the capital makes the city vulnerable including the rising city population, and large damages from an earthquake may potentially have effects far beyond the city itself. The city as per seismic zonation map of India is located in seismic zone IV which is a high risk zone of earthquake occurrence. The Main boundary thrust is at a distance of 10 km from the city. Tracing to history the Himalayan foothills witness many earthquakes and are seismic sensitive area thats why whole of the state of Uttarakhand comes under seismic zone IV and V as per Indian seismic zonation map. Two recent earthquakes that affected the state of Uttarakhand 1991 Uttarkashi earthquake (6.6) and 1999 Chamoli earthquake (6.8) The city of Dehradun is not having its own seismic history but since the city falls in high seismic risk zone the danger of any such disaster is always there. In addition to earthquakes another problem which city is facing is of waterlogging. During monsoon period many areas encounter the problem of waterlogging and for the same purpose the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun runs control room in the monsoon period which is from July to September.there are many accident prone areas existing within city which have been identified and the waterlogging wards have also been listed by Nagar nigam.all the slum area in the city is prone to waterlogging to a large extent.the problem is basically in old city areas where space is an constraint for construction of road side drains. The city is growing fast and therefore more work has to be done in reducing risk.
Institutional Strengthening and Main streaming DRR in development plans 1) Regional Consultation Workshop under Urban Risk Reduction Project (8th-9th July 2010) at Nainital for the 3 cities 2) Orientation /Sensitization meeting of NGOs in Climate Change