In Gujarat Earthquake-resistant buildings of 1,500 years back?

An examination completed by Cept University in 2006 on the legacy pol houses in Ahmedabad uncovered a method where wood holding was utilized related to block work.

“At intervals of about 120 cm horizontal timbers were placed in such a way so that one set was at the level of door and window lintels, another mid-way between two and one at the floor ceiling level that helps building withstand earthquake forces,” said the investigation.

A group of underlying specialists that visited Vadnagar as of late estimated that the structures going back to second and fifth hundreds of years CE utilized the very strategy that made them ‘earthquake resistant’. While the wooden deposits are not found from the site up until now, specialists point at uncanny likeness to the holes made in the line of blocks to the nineteenth and twentieth century wooden houses in Ahmedabad and different pieces of Gujarat.

For Gujarat, tremors have remained a steady buddy – yet the 2001 shake gave a shock to the state with loss of in excess of 14,000 lives. Most lives were covered under the flotsam and jetsam of structures which individuals couldn’t escape in their distress. After the fiasco, tough codes were set up to guarantee seismic tremor opposition for tall structures in the state.

Specialists said that the group of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) working at Vadnagar site had uncovered a monstrous stage at the eastern banks of Sharmishtha Lake in 2017-18 which goes back to fifth century, while late disclosure of a structure close to grain godown is assessed to have the soonest development in second century – putting both these structures in Kshatrapa and Maitraka time of Gujarat history around 1500 to 1800 years before the current time.

‘Vadnagar structures show gaps’

Prof Vasant Shinde, eminent paleontologist and chief general of National Maritime Museum, said that the Vadnagar structures show holes at standard stretches which could well point at composite development strategies. “Gujarat has remained an earthquakeprone region. It’s a solid evidence of the traditional Indian knowledge which was handed down the generations,” he said.

Nizamuddin Taher, previous chief (landmarks) at ASI, who visited Ahmedabad as of late said that the speculation requires proof in type of wooden buildup. “Now as we think in this direction, we can also look at other structures and understand the contemporary techniques of the construction – they had wood, bricks and stones easily at their disposal. The builders would have also thought of the longevity of the structures by ensuring absorbing the impact of earthquakes,” he stated, adding that the study of utilizing delicate material probably existed in the chronicled period which ought not come as an amazement.

Disclaimer: The views, suggestions, and opinions expressed here are the sole responsibility of the experts. No Ahmedabad Local journalist was involved in the writing and production of this article.

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