After knocking on all possible doors, the Federation of Apartment Owners Association (FedAoA), Ghaziabad has now written to the Prime Minister of India to set up a Lift Act in Uttar Pradesh.
The federation has mentioned that only 12 out of 29 states in India have lift and elevator regulation Act. This means that a major chunk of 17 states are without any regulation for lifts. The 17 states include states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, etc.
Speaking to City Spidey, Alok Kumar, president of FedAoA said that the tussle for a UP Lift Act has been going on since 2015 when there were a series of lift mishaps in high rise societies.
“We had gone to lodge an FIR after a lady was grievously injured when the lift fell in a high rise society. There wasn’t any proper regulation to hold the lift company and the builder liable for the mishap. We then approached the Samajwadi Party government but nothing happened. We had also gone to court and approached the current BJP-led government but nothing has come out of it so far,” Kumar said.
Federation members and residents of high rises in Ghaziabad had also recently met the District Magistrate with a request to look into the issue.
Kumar further said that absence of regulation leads to several other problems. “There are multistoried towers of over 100 flats but these towers have only one working lift. The builders have neither completed proper installation nor have they maintained any lift to flat ratio. There is no law to hold them responsible,” Kumar further said.
With city’s habitation rapidly moving towards high rises, the requirement of a lift-elevator Act is on an all-time high in states like Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh alone has around 2,400 projects registered on the website of the state Real Estate Regulatory Authority.