More than a dozen office-goers had a narrow escape, not to mention a harrowing time, when a lift crashed at a central Delhi office building on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident took place at the 12-floor New Delhi House on Barakhamba Road around 2:15pm. Eight of the 14 occupants in the lift reportedly suffered minor injuries and had to be treated at a local government hospital.
“The lift was headed to the eighth and 10th floors when it suddenly stopped after crossing the second floor, before crashing to the ground,” a maintenance worker employed at the complex.
“We heard screams from inside the lift and I, with the help of some of my colleagues, had to manually open the metal gates,” he said.
The local police were intimated by other staff and a team rushed to the spot a little after 2:25pm. The fire department was also informed.
The police and building officials were able to open the lift doors in about 10 to 15 minutes before the injured were taken to RML Hospital for treatment. The occupants suffered injuries on the head, shoulders and knees.
“They were admitted and swiftly discharged after being administered minor first aid,” a police officer said.
“There is some sort of disagreement between the builder and a residents’ association on the matter of non-maintenance of lifts, which is pending in court. No case has been registered yet but investigations are under way,” he said.