In a case of lift malfunction, four residents of Vaishali were stuck inside the lift of their building for more than 20 minutes on Thursday evening. They were rescued only after other residents of the building forced open the lift doors.
The incident took place at Alaknanda tower in Sector 4, Vaishali at around 6 pm.
“I was taking the lift to go down from the third floor. Instead of going to the ground floor, the lift went on to the ninth floor and then stopped. When I tried to get out, none of the buttons worked and the doors did not open,” said R Venkatraman, one of the residents who were stuck in the lift.
He said that he then tried calling up his relatives at his house and even as the other three tried all the options. The residents also dialled 100 to call the police but the call landed at Delhi police station instead.
“Exasperated, we started banging on the lift’s doors and shouted for help. I also called up one of my friends from the adjacent society since I did not have the phone number of any other residents from the building,” Venkatraman added.
After finding out that the lift was stuck, many other residents of the housing society gathered at the ninth floor and tried to break open the door.
“This incident has left me afraid. I will always avoid using the lift from now on,” said Vikas Khatri, a resident of the same society.
The rising frequency of lift-related mishaps has raised concerns among the residents regarding their safety. As many areas of the city now sport residential highrises, lifts have become a basic necessity for residents.
Recently, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple had also got stuck in a lift for over 20 minutes at Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow. After the incident, the federation of apartment owners’ association of Indirapuram had written to him asking for a law on regulating lift safety in the state at the earliest. They had also offered their assistance for framing the same.
“It is surprising that although highrises and lifts have increased in the state, Uttar Pradesh does not have any law, rule, bylaw, regulation, or government order of its own to regulate the use of lifts and everything is left at the mercy of an unregulated maintenance company,” Alok Kumar, a member of the federation, had said.
After a number of lift-related incidents took place in highrises in Ghaziabad, Kumar had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Allahabad high court. The petition is presently pending.