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'Installing lifts without minimum power backup is negligence'

Installing elevators in housing apartments without minimum power backup amounts to negligence, the apex consumer commission has said while holding a builder guilty of deficiency in service along with a lift maintenance firm.
The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), while awarding a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the kin of a man who died after falling into a lift pit, also said that it was necessary for the builder to provide minimum power backup for the lifts in case of emergency before delivering possession of flats.
"Providing lifts in a multi-storied residential building, without even minimum power backup, in my opinion, is certainly a negligent act and a defect or deficiency in the services rendered by the builder to the flat buyers," the NCDRC said while asking Parsvnath Developers, a real estate firm, to pay the compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the family of the victim Sajan, a native of Kerala.
"Considering all the facts and circumstances of the case, I am of the view that the complainants should be awarded a total compensation of Rs 50,00,000, out of which Rs 30,00,000 shall be paid by Marksmen Facilities Pvt Ltd (lift maintenance firm) and Rs 20,00,000 shall be paid by Parasvnath Developers Ltd," presiding member V K Jain said.
It has not been proved that he died solely on account of the negligence or deficiency in rendering services by opposite party No.3 (Lift maintenance firm), the commission said.
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