The department of Chief Inspector of Lifts and Escalators has given a one-week ultimatum to owners of residential and commercial buildings, including malls, to get the mandatory automatic rescue device (ARD) installed in their lifts failing which heavy penalties will be slapped.
Despite the state notifying the Haryana Lifts and Escalators Act in 2008, about 1,000 lifts still operate without the safety device in Gurgaon, risking the lives of thousands of people.
Subsequently, the government had also framed and issued the Haryana Lifts and Escalators Rules in November 2009, specifying the mode of installing ARDs.
SK Kakkar, inspector, lifts and escalators, said notices were being sent to owners of buildings who had not installed the ARD. “We will give them a week’s time to submit their replies after which we will start imposing an initial penalty of Rs 50,000 and subsequently R1,000 per day till the time the security device is installed,” Kakkar added.
Kakkar, however, said the number of lifts not installed with ARD is around 500 out of a total of 3,500 lifts registered with the department.
“All new lifts are now fitted with ARDs but many old lifts are yet to get the safety device,” the inspector said. Sources claimed about 1,000 lifts still continue to operate without ARDs. According to Raman Sharma of Malibu Towne, Sohna Road that has five 13-floor residential towers with 16 lifts is yet to abide by the norms.
SC Sharma, senior maintenance executive of Malibu Estate Private Limited, admitted the ARDs were still to be installed in the hi-rise tower lifts.
“We have already invited quotations and would be installing the device within six months. The total cost of these ARDs would come to about Rs 53 lakh,” he added.
In 2009, a 27-year old executive working in DLF Cyber City died after his head got crushed in the office lift.
The senior maintenance executive of DLF was also arrested. Following this incident, the government made it mandatory for lifts and escalators to have ARD.