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UP may come up with lift Act to ensure safety of residents in high-rise apartments

Residents have been demanding an Act to govern installation of lifts and to fix the onus of maintenance and in case of an untoward incident. In the absence of an Act, developers install poor quality lifts, which do not have automatic rescue device, no service lifts and no monitoring by the local authorities

noida Updated: Jan 16, 2018 17:19 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
UP news,Noida news,Greater noida news
Noida and Greater Noida areas of the Gautam Budh Nagar district are home to over 1,200 apartment complexes.(S Burmaula/HT Photo)

Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Rajive Kumar on Monday said the government will look into the need for a lift Act to define the guidelines and responsibility in case of an injury or fatality.

Such an Act would be especially beneficial for the lakhs of people staying in urbanized areas of the Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad districts where high-rise apartment complexes are the norm.

Chief secretary asked Noida authority chief executive officer Alok Tandon to look into the issue and write a letter so that adequate steps can be taken in this regard.

Residents in Noida and Greater Noida areas, that are home to 1,200 apartment complexes, said the Uttar Pradesh government is yet to come up with a suitable law that helps the administration in governing the installation, operation and maintenance of elevators in apartment complexes.

For a long time, residents have been demanding an Act to govern installation of lifts and to fix the onus of maintenance in case the lift develops a snag. Residents said that accidents in lifts due to poor maintenance have also become common and onus needs to fixed in case of an untoward incident.

In the absence of a lift Act the developers install poor quality lifts, which do not have automatic rescue device (ARD), no service lift for emergency and no monitoring by the local authorities.

“If the Act will come into place then the local authority will use the Act and take appropriate action in case of a lift failure. Also, after the Act the local authority will not give a no-objection certificate to a lift if it does not fit the norms to be detailed out in the Act. Officials favour builders citing no proper guidelines in place,” said Alok Kumar, a Ghaziabad based social activist, who has filed a plea in January, 2017 demanding for an Act for the state. Next hearing in the case will be next month.

“The government will think over the issue of introducing a lift Act. The Noida authority chief executive officer, Alok Tandon, will write to the state government so it can take adequate steps on this important issue. The government will do the needful,” Kumar said.

Kumar, on Monday, met with officials, farmers, representatives of residents’ welfare associations and industrial bodies in Noida authority’s Sector 6 office.

“Noida is a very important city in terms of industrial development. And our meeting was planned in the run up to the investors’ summit scheduled in February. I have directed officials to expedite work on the Jewar International Airport and follow the timeline. The government wants to set-up industries (in this area) and create employment,” he said.

Kumar added that to boost industrialization, the government need to improve all services here such as civic facilities, policing and infrastructure.

“I have directed officials to improve the municipal services and finish all ongoing projects without any delay. I hope that there will be substantial work on municipal services in Noida,” Kumar said, adding that he has directed the Noida authority to clean drains and improve the condition of roads.

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 17:18 IST