Noida: In the last month, six incidents of elevator malfunctioning have come into the limelight in the Noida-Greater Noida region. Residents of Noida and Greater Noida are now living in fear due to the frequent elevator incidents.
Many of these elevator breakdowns were reported in high-rise dwellings in the Noida-Greater Noida area. It all began after the incident at the Golf Gardenia Society in Alpha One, Greater Noida. Here, a family of eight people had got stuck in the elevator for hours. Many such incidents were then reported in and around Gautam Budh Nagar.
A severe incident occurred at the Regenta Central Hotel in Sector 49, Noida. Nine people got injured when the lift fell from the 3rd floor of the hotel. Out of nine, five people got seriously injured and had bone fractures, while others sustained minor injuries. According to the officials, this incident happened because of the overload. The lift had a strength of 4-5 people, while nine people boarded.
Shortly after, another incident was reported by the Shivalik Homes Housing Society in Greater Noida. Here, a 10-year-old boy got stuck in a lift for 30 minutes. Later, the maintenance department team rescued him.
Residents said that these incidents happen regularly. They have also complained to the UPSIDA (Uttar Pradesh Industrial Development Authority) and it has also instructed the builder to solve the problems, but nothing has been done yet.
Later, in the first week of May, two back-to-back incidents happened in Noida. The first incident occurred at Assotech Windsor Court Society, Sector-78, Noida, and the second incident was reported at Sector-79, Hillston Urbtech Society. In the first incident, a woman got stuck in the lift for 15 minutes. She kept pressing the emergency button but soon realised it was not working. After 15 minutes, residents and security personnel rescued the lady from the lift. In the second incident, a father and his two children got stuck in the elevator for about 25 minutes. He got out of the elevator by contacting people through his mobile phones.
One thing is common in all the cases. All incidents happened because of negligence in safety norms and a lack of maintenance. AOAs of the societies complained about the issue to the Noida-Greater Noida authority.
Sanjeev Kumar, senior vice president of DDRWA, “These hotels and builders of high-rise societies had not taken safety norms seriously. As a result, incidents like this happen regularly. To prevent such incidents, they should maintain elevators from time to time.” He further stated, “It is crucial to have an elevator safety policy, and that must be implemented in Gautam Budh Nagar as soon as possible.”
The CEO of Noida Authority, Ritu Maheshwari, said that she would write a letter to the state government and demand to pass the Lift Act as soon as possible. She further stated that accidents related to elevators are happening continuously, and it is necessary to hold someone accountable for them.
At a meeting with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Noida MLA Pankaj Singh and Dadri MLA Tejpal Singh Nagar put forward their requests to the committee. Jewar MLA Thakur Dhirendra Singh sent a letter to the Chief Minister. On that account, the CM assured them that the state government would soon pass the Lift Act.