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Draft of Delhi Lifts and Escalators Bill, 2013 receives approval

The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of the Delhi Lifts and Escalators Bill, 2013, which will be sent to the union government prior to its presentation in the Assembly. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

A proposal was brought by in by the labour department of Delhi government  on the enactment of the Delhi Lift and Escalators Bill 2013, which proposes strict inspections, licensing and scrapping of lifts that are more than 20 years old.  

The British-era Bombay Lift Act 1939, which is currently in force, has no provisions for escalators and doesn’t mention any authority in the capital to that is empowered to look into the issue.  Delhi labour minister A K Walia, while speaking to the media after the cabinet meeting said, ‘At a time when the union urban development ministry is pushing for vertical growth, the Delhi government is unable to ensure safety of lifts installed in high-rises.

‘Which is why the currently in force Bombay Lifts Act,1935, must be replaced with the new Bill.
‘With the installation of a large number of lifts, escalators and walk-ways there is a need of better periodical inspection, testing and certification of lifts and escalators,’ said the labour minister.
It is fact that Delhi has just 10 lift inspectors to check approximately 30,000 licensed lifts and over 1500 escalators.
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