Delhiites will now be able to install elevators in their Delhi Development Authority (DDA) flats after the government agency created a set of guidelines allowing individual flat owners to install elevators.
The move could help more than a million people who live in the 300,000 DDA flats in the Capital. Most of these flats are in four-storied apartments where the DDA didn’t install elevators.
The new ‘lift policy’, which hasn’t been announced yet due to the model code of conduct, was in the works for more than three years. Pushed through by DDA’s vice chairman Balvinder Kumar, sources said the policy will be implemented with immediate effect.
The agency, which first started building flats in Delhi in 1968, didn’t have a clear policy on elevators till now. This made it difficult for flat owners to obtain the necessary permissions from DDA or municipal corporation officials.
The policy will allow flat owners to install elevators for personal or common use. The move came after complaints by senior citizens who found climbing stairs a difficult prospect.
Interested applicants, however, will have to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from either the DDA or the respective municipal corporation, depending on the location of the apartment. Consent from all flat owners, especially those residing on the ground floor, and the residents’ welfare association of the respective block will be mandatory before applying for an NOC.
The applicant will also have to provide a recommendation from a lift manufacturing agency and a structural safety certificate from a structural engineer. Other requirements will include a certificate regarding the maintenance and operation of the lift and its safety aspects.
Interested flat owners would also need an NOC from the chief fire officer and the relevant power distribution corporation in the area.