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Gurgaon: Woman trapped for 30 minutes inside faulty lift at Fresco Apartment , rescued

The incident comes four days after 20 people, including six female employees of a multi-national company, went through a harrowing time on Saturday after being stuck in an elevator at Sector 53’s South Point Mall for close to 90 minutes before police rescued them.

gurgaon Updated: Aug 02, 2017 23:52 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Fresco apartment in Sector 50 Gurgaon where30-year-old Alokita Verma was trapped in an elevator for close to 30 minutes on Wednesday.
Fresco apartment in Sector 50 Gurgaon where30-year-old Alokita Verma was trapped in an elevator for close to 30 minutes on Wednesday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

A 30-year-old resident of Fresco Apartment, Sector 50, Gurgaon, was stuck in an elevator for close to 30 minutes on Wednesday.

The incident comes four days after 20 people, including six female employees of a multi-national company, went through a harrowing time on Saturday after being stuck in an elevator at Sector 53’s South Point Mall for close to 90 minutes before police rescued them.

For the victim, Alokita Verma, a housewife, Wednesday was the second claustrophobic experience within two months.

Around 7 am on Wednesday, Verma boarded the lift from the ground floor to go to the 12th floor, after dropping her son at school. When the lift reached the sixth floor, it suddenly stopped working.

Initially, Verma thought that the elevator might be stuck due to a power cut. Hopwever, five minutes after she realised that the problem was probably not due to an electricity failure. She then tried calling her husband, but her phone had no network. She also pressed the panic button placed inside the lift, but nothing happened. No one heard her cries for help either.

“I was scared and started having panic attacks. My phone wasn’t working. I began having trouble breathing and worst of all started feeling claustrophobic,” Verma said.

Verma said she pressed the panic button rpeatedly after which a security guard contacted the main gate and a lift operator rushed and rescued her.

Verma later lodged a complaint of negligence against the developer at Sector 50 police station.

Fresco apartments has 16 towers, and each tower has two lifts. However, of the 32 elevators, only 27 are operational at present.

“Many lifts in the condominium have issues. Our lifts are maintained by an agency, but the developer owes over Rs 40 lakh to them because of which the agency is not providing proper service,” said Fresco RWA president, Nilesh Tandon.

Inspector Surinder Singh of Sector 50 police station confirmed that they ahd received a complaint. “We have received the complaint and are investigating the matter,” he said.

Wednesday was the second time in four days that an elevator had got stuck in a Gurgaon high-rise or a mall.

On Saturday night, police had broken the glass door of a faulty elevator and rescued 20 people who had had stuck for close to 90 minutes. Two of the trapped women reportedly fainted while waiting to be rescued.

On April 7, 2009, Nishant Sharma, an employee with marketing and consulting company Sapient, was killed after getting stuck under an elevator when he was trying to go to his office on the 10th floor of Cyber Greens building in DLF Phase 3. His body was crushed after the elevator suddenly moved and trapped his leg. He was rushed to a private hospital with cardiac and respiratory seizure, where he died on April 11.

Five years later, on the night of May 26, 2014, eighteen members of a family, including children, from Sushant Lok were trapped for more than an hour inside an elevator at a deluxe hotel on MG Road. The police had to break the glass of the elevator and rescue the family. The police later arrested two bouncers who did not help the victims and even dissuaded the police from breaking the elevator’s glass.

On April 22 this year, an elevator at Central Park-2 on Sohna road fell to the lower basement with a family reportedly stuck inside. No one was injured in the incident.