Lift breakdown at Kandaya Bhavan regular, says KSAT chairman who was trapped

Published: 30th August 2016 04:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th August 2016 04:08 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: The Karnataka State Administrative Tribunal chairman Dr K Bhaktavatsala and Administrative Member V P Baligar had a tough time for about 10 minutes, after the lift they were using in Kandaya Bhavan got stuck between second and third floor due to power shutdown here on Monday.

They had a sigh of relief after the  technicians opened the door and helped them to get out of the lift.

“Our gunmen and we were stuck inside the lift along with our chairman and administrative member. All of us had to use stairs to reach the seventh floor where the Karnataka State Administrative Tribunal is situated. It is a common problem and there is no generator facility to get out in emergency if there is a sudden power cut,” said Manjunath, Jamedar of KSAT.

But for Justice Bhaktavatsala, former judge of Karnataka High Court, it is not the first time he has faced this problem. In last eight  months after he took charge as Chairman of KSAT, he used the stairs for the third time to reach his office, which in the seventh floor.

Dr Bhakthavatsala told Express “Around 10.50 am, V P Baligar and I entered the lift. Within a minute we got stuck in the lift for nearly, 10 minutes. Fortunately, we were helped to come out safely,” he said.

“The problem was brought to the notice of the Bengaluru Urban District Administration, the maintaining authority. However, it’s of no use. Its the third time I had to climb stairs to reach my office in seventh floor in last eight months. Even there is no sufficient parking space inside the Kandaya Bhavan. Hence we should have our own building,” he said.

Not only him, the advocates, senior citizens and staff of the various government offices are facing inconvenience here. Advocate M S Bhagvat said that anyone can gauge the seriousness of the problem as the chairman and the member of the tribunal were itself the victim of the situation.

Deputy Commissioner V Shankar, who is looking after the maintenance of the Kandaya Bhavan, was not available for comment.

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