New Maharashtra Elevators Act include Escalators and Moving Walkways
With the increasing number of high-rising, mutli-storied buildings in India, elevators have become a necessity. The act that keeps a check on use of elevators in Mumbai is the Maharashtra Elevators Act of 1939.
As a matter of fact, the people of Maharashtra were unsatisfied by the government Act and were demanding change form a long time. The major reason for protest was that under the act only elevators were considered as a society’s asset, while people demanded that along with elevators, the government should also include escalators and moving walkways. Their plea was finally heard on 28 Nov, 2017.
The new act will now include both the walkways and escalators. The legislation, expected to be tabled in the winter session of the state legislature, beginning from December 11, 2017, provides for making third-party insurance mandatory, so that in the case of a mishap, injured persons can get compensation. But people need to ensure that they abide by the following rules as per the Section 4 of The Bombay Act 1939:
- More details regarding the type of lift is to be stated
- Its weight and carrying capacity must be mentioned
- Also, construction details of the overhead arrangement with the weight and sizes of the beams etc.
Apart from these rules as laid by the section 4, there are some unsaid rules which may vary across different societies:
- Pets are not permitted in elevators
- Household helpers, sales people and hawkers are also not allowed
- There are also rules where furniture and other heavy items cannot be carried through elevators
Moreover, the upcoming Maharashtra Elevators Act would also be linked to Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which would ensure that the technological standard are maintained with time. The new law will also determine the strength that is required for elevators, depending upon the footfall.