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The Maharashtra state cabinet has given its nod for bringing in a new legislation to regulate functioning of lifts, escalators and moving walkways in the state. The proposed new law, Maharashtra Lift, Escalators and Moving Walkways Act, 2017 will replace the existing Act. At present the functioning of lifts in the state is regulated under Maharashtra Lift Act,1939. The bill will be tabled in the Winter Session of the Assembly.
According to the proposed Act, all the devices will have to conform to the standards laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards. It is also made mandatory that all institutions that install these systems will have to take up third party insurance to ensure that those who meet with accidents on these systems are compensated. This provision has been inserted keeping in view increased incidents of elevator-related accidents happening in the state in recent years. The bill also mandates compulsory annual checks and the amount that can be charged for these audits. The draft law also states that the licence of the machines will be for a period of 20 years.
Most of the provisions are made in the bill based on the study conducted by a committee comprising officials from the state energy department’s lift inspection division, elevator manufacturers, contractors and other stakeholders. The committee was formed in December 2016 and had held six meetings.