How Safe Is The Lift In Your Building?
Unlike earlier times, lifts in group housing societies are no longer a luxury. With the changing times, high-rises have increased and therefore the use of elevators . Also in the phase of redevelopment, many old buildings are facilitated with an elevator. With this comes the need to introduce a lift regulation act that can be applied. There are no mandatory rules concerning installation of lifts. Till now, only eleven states have enacted the legislation that ensures safe installation of the elevators. This means that 2/3rd of the country does not have any legislation related to the safe application of an elevator.
Need for the Lift Regulation Act
Mishaps caused due to poor quality elevator
In 2016, Shashank Rao, a 17-year-old student, experienced an elevator accident. In this, he lost his finger. Along with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the student's parents filed a complaint against the builder for the poor quality of the elevator.
A similar instance happened in 2015. Nivedita Chaturvedi, a 41-year-old woman, got seriously injured because the elevator collapsed while she was going towards her eighth-floor flat based in Niho Scottish Garden, Indirapuram.
Old law have becomes redundant. These days the lifts are different than what they used to be in earlier times. The West Bengal Lifts Act, 1955, the Karnataka Lift Laws 1974, the Bombay Lift Act, 1939 and the Bombay Lift Rules, 1958 do not cover provisions such as maintenance of lifts by outside contractors. Also, it does not include housing societies that save money by taking the services of trained engineers.
High maintenance costs
In today's times, buildings have multiple lifts in towers. This leads to high maintenance costs which could be one of the reasons why owners of the building ignore the maintenance of the lift.
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What needs to be changed?
- Currently, it is not mandatory that the safety guidelines by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) should be followed. It is just recommended.
- There are no strict penalties in case of violation of the guidelines.
- Currently, each state has its own lift laws. Some are old and some are upgraded. But, with more lifts coming up, it becomes necessary that one central law must be implemented uniformly. One law at central level will help the lift manufacturers to comply with the rules.
It is essential that there is a public awareness about lift regulation act. An individual must ask the following:
- Safety Certification from the agency and resident welfare association (RWA).
- Do check the alarm buttons, floor buttons and the posted capacity of the elevators.
- Ensure that the lift is spacious enough to stand comfortably.
This kind of vigilant attitude will force the owners of the building to implement the law.
In the end, along with the law, even the residents need to be responsible. Overcrowded lifts, scrawl graffiti on lift walls and leaving the fan on can cause unnecessary problems. Abusive use of the elevators on the part of the residents is also one of the factors causing mishaps.
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