Monday, December 4, 2023

Lifts in high-rise buildings come under scanner

Jamshedpur : With recent lift mishap at a city-based posh Hotel Ramada, the district administration has decided to toughen the strict implementation of safety norms across the high-rise buildings in the city.

According to information, East Singhbhum District administration has instructed officials of civic bodies to ensure implementation of safety norms. Jamshedpur Notified Area ( JNAC), Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC), Jugsalai Municipality and other bides have been asked to take action in this regard.

It may be recalled that on April 15 eight persons were injured as an elevator
crashed at the newly opened Hotel Ramada at Bistupur. The incident left people panicking as the Chief Minister Hemant Soren was staying at the hotel and had got down from the fifth floor of the hotel by another elevator minutes before the crash.

Those injured include officer-in-charge of Bistupur police station Jitendra Kumar, pilot of a chopper Amit Kumar, chief minister’s political advisor Himanshu Chowdhury, and his personal assistant Pawan Kumar. The rest of the injured were JMM workers and they were identified as Raja Mandal, Mita Sarkar and Ganesh Chaudhury.

Notably, it was the second time a technical snag had developed in the elevator in this high-end hotel in past one month. Earlier on March 26, one of the two elevators had got locked with the customers trapped inside.

The Bistupur Police Station has filed an FIR against hotel management over the mishap. �An FIR has been filed and we are investigating the incident. Though the JNAC has granted its approval reopening of the lift but we are probing the incident as what led to the mishap. Moreover, the hotel management has also sought explanation from Big Boss company that installed the lift as to what led to the collapse,� noted officer-in-charge of Bistupur police station Jitendra Kumar.

Meanwhile, Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) is all set to start monitoring the recently constructed buildings and those under construction. According to officials, non-installation of fire equipment, congested staircases, narrow entry roads and absence of trained personnel to tackle emergencies are also major causes of concern in many multi-storeyed buildings in the city. Not only these, but a large number of these buildings have not left route of escape, lack of staircases has also been detected at many places.

Revealing about this decision, the JNAC special officer, Deepak Sahay said that the construction work at several project sites has begun after a gap of over a year. “We are going to start a process of monitoring the construction at all the project sites so as to ensure that there is no deviation or encroachment by the builders and safety norms are strictly implemented,” said Sahay.

Another district official said, �If required we will even cut the water and electricity connections of buildings that will violated the safety norms and the supply will not be reinstalled if they not put these measures in order”.

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