It is compulsory for lifts to have an emergency ceiling light and intercom facility. However, the lifts at many public buildings like MS Building, VV Towers, Cauvery Bhavan do not seem to comply with the norms.
“Providing illumination in the lift car with emergency lights is a must. The emergency light will allow those stuck inside to utilise inter-phone or the alarm bell to alert the control room. It is part of rescue system. How can people stuck in a lift communicate if there is no light and intercom facility, both of which are not in the old lifts here,” a lift operator at VV Towers said on the condition of anonymity. Of the seven lifts at the VV Towers, two have been replaced new ones, while the process is on to replace the rest.
“There are no proper instructions about how many can board the lift at one time and the measures to be taken during an emergency. A caution board should be set up and must be illuminated so that passengers are aware on what to be done and how,” said Rajesh Singh, a lift user at MS Building.
CAUVERY AND KANDAYA BHAVANS
At some government buildings like Cauvery Bhavan and Kandaya Bhavan, lifts do not even have operators. Their absence at such places where a large number of people use lift increases the possibility of mishandling leading to mishap. Raghuvendra, BWSSB Assistant Engineer at Cauvery Bhavan said, “The lifts are equipped with ARD (Auto Relief Device) with which the rescue staff can reach immediately and be able attend to any problem.” The officials said major maintenance is being done on a regular basis.