Noida: Lift incidents in highrise societies of Noida have become very common. Residents are getting stuck in their society lifts quite often. But surprisingly, there is no specific law to regulate lifts/elevators getting installed in the highrises.
On Wednesday, in Mahagun Mirabella, Sector 79, Noida, there was a fall of lift from 23rd floor to ground floor. The lift stopped working and came down directly from 23rd to ground floor late evening. Fortunately, the residents escaped any major injuries.
The residents said that this is not the first time, many incidents have taken place. Residents were furious with the callous attitude of the builder and went to the police station of Sector 49 to lodge a complaint against the builder.
Although they were assured of action and the complaint was taken, residents said that the police accused them of illegally occupying the flats without any registry. In continuation, police refused to give any receipt of the complaint and asked the residents to go to Noida Authority also.
Ashok Vardhan, a resident of the society who is also a legal expert and real estate advisor, said, “There are no regulations related to lifts in Uttar Pradesh. In 2018, Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Rajive Kumar 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. But till now, nothing has happened. Lifts are an integral as well as a sophisticated part of highrise buildings today. However, in UP, wherein it is part of NCR (Noida, Ghaziabad) and other large cities like Lucknow, Kanpur, Prayag Raj, Varanasi, Meerut, Agra, etc., we have the culture and requirement of highrises, there is no specific law to regulate lifts/elevators getting installed in the highrises.”
“It is pertinent to note that regulations/guidelines do exist for many states of the country including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal, Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, etc. In UP also, initiatives were taken regarding the enactment of a similar law in the past 4-5 years but it never materialised,” he said.
He also said, “Considering the increasing number of highrise buildings and frequent accidents/ mishappenings regarding lift in different buildings/societies, it's high time that issue is taken on priority basis and the law gets enacted as soon as possible.”