Lucknow, Feb 6 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government will introduce a bill to ensure safety of lift occupants in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday.
The bill requires building authorities to ensure rescue devices in elevators. Lifts must also have emergency alarms and CCTV.
The Yogi Adityanath government’s move comes in the wake of several elevator crashes in the state, particularly in high-rises in Noida, near Delhi.
In a tragic incident in September, nine construction workers had died in a lift accident at Amrapali Dream Valley in Noida Extension.
In December last year, nine IT professionals returning home after work were injured when the lift of a commercial building, in Sector 125, crashed to the ground from the eighth floor.
Days after the December accident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had directed the affected officials to ensure the safety and proper maintenance of the lifts.
“Elevator safety is very important. For this, it is necessary to strictly ensure compliance with established procedures for the construction, quality, built-in safety features, installation, operation and maintenance of elevators and escalators,” he had said.
The Chief Minister also pointed out that there is no law to ensure compliance in this matter and said that legislation should be introduced as soon as possible.
It should be mandatory for all building owners who install a lift in a public or private building to register it, the Chief Minister said. He added that elevators already installed in older buildings must also be registered. Installation of elevators must be done in accordance with building codes and other guidelines, he had said.
The Chief Minister had also said that an automatic rescue device should be installed to save people in case of power cut or any other breakdown in all operational lifts. The automatic rescue device would help the occupants reach the nearest landing and the doors would open automatically so they could exit the elevator. He had also asked for emergency alarms, CCTV camera, adequate lighting and a communication system.
The Chief Minister had also said that insurance cover should be provided for occupants of lifts in public premises. It had also sought a provision for legal action against lift manufacturers in case of complaints about installation and operation.