3.0 Lifts The lifts in residential, commercial and industrial buildings need to be installed as per requirement laid down in the development control rules prevailing at the time and as applicable for the site of construction. However, the manufacturing, erection and maintenance of lifts shall be done as per the provisions laid down in Bombay Lift Rules 1958 framed under Bombay Lift Act 1939. The Chief Engineer (Elec.) is the appropriate authority for observance of provisions under Lift Act and Rules & to issue following permissions. 1. Permission to install a lift 2. License to operate the lift The installation & maintenance of lifts shall be carried out by the approved lift contractors only. Chief Engineer ( Electrical ) gives such approvals. 3.1 Procedure in brief for applying permission to install a Lift/ Fire Lift. 3.1.1 The owner of the installation shall submit application with necessary drawing to the inspector of lifts, pay necessary fees and get the plan approved from Chief Engineer (Electrical) P.W.D.Mumbai. 3.2 Procedure in brief for applying permission to operate Lft/ Fire Lift. 3.2.1 The owner after completion of lift erection work shall apply to inspector of lifts for inspection, pay necessary fees & get the permission to operate lift from Chief engineer (Electrical) P.W.D. Mumbai. 3.3 The Bombay Lift Rules 1958 are made By the Govt. Of Maharashtra, In Exercise Of The Powers Conferred By Section 12 Of The Bombay Lift Act, 1939.There are only ten rules with one schedule to rule no –5. 3.3.1 The rule no 3:- permission for installing lift or for making additions or alterations to lift installed states that – 1. Every owner of a place intending-( i ) to install a lift in such a place, or (ii) to make additions or alterations to a lift installed at such a place is required to apply in form ‘A’ to the Inspector of lifts before any work in connection with the installation of the lift or addition or alteration there to is started. Every such application should accompanied by two sets of plans of the installation or, as the case may be of the additions and alterations. 2.On receipt of an application the inspector of lifts inquires and makes the applicant to furnish the required information and then forwards it with his remarks to the Public Works Department, Chief Engineer (Electrical), who may, thereupon, either grant or refuse the permission applied for. Time required to issue a permission to install a lift is-4 Weeks, Intimation of Remarks raise by Inspector of Lifts is within –1Week, Time required for issuing permission to install a lift after compliance of the remarks raised by the Inspector of Lifts is -4Weeks, 3.3.2 The changes in characteristic of lift means change in (i) speed of lift, (ii) capacity of lift, (iii) type of drive of lift (iv) number of landings which requires owner to apply in form A & A1 to the Inspector of lifts That the permission granted under this rule and Bombay lifts acts 1939 Section 4 is valid only for a period of six months only. 3.3.3 The rule no 6(v) :-Terms on which lift should be worked states that-- 1.Unless the licensee, in the opinion of the lift inspector, has suitable means for the satisfactory maintenance of the lift, the licensee shall entrust the maintenance of the lift and its installation either to the manufacturer of the lift or his agent or to a firm or company of electrical and mechanical engineers, who in the opinion of the lift inspector, are competent and are approved by him for such work. a) The team of Erectors shall consists of (I) Electrical supervisor-1no, (II) Senior Erector-1no, (III) Junior Erector –1no, (IV) Helper –1no. Total four persons. This team of erectors can execute the works of erections of six lifts in a year only. b) The team of Maintenance shall consists of (I) Electrical supervisor-1no, (II) Lift mechanic-1no, (III) Helper –1no. Total three persons. This team of Maintenance can execute the maintenance works of 25to30 lifts in a year only. Time required to issue a licence for installation and maintenance of a lift is-6 Weeks, Intimation of Remarks to the applicant, raised by Inspector of Lifts in the application form, is within – 10 days, Time required for issuing a licence for installation and maintenance of a lift after compliance of the remarks raised by the Inspector of Lifts is—4Weeks, 3.3.4 a) Licensed lift erectors only should carry out the work. After completion of the work, the owner should apply in form ‘B’& B1, intimating the Lift inspector about completion of the work and should apply for License for working the lift. 3.3.4 b) Lift inspector in turns inspects the installation and confirms that all provisions of Bombay lift act and rules for the safety of the user are being observed and lift is being erected as per the approved plans in triplicate along with form ‘A. 3.3.4 c) License for Working of Lifts is issued in form ‘C’ after compliance of the rules and regulations in the Bombay lift act & rules. Time required to issue a licence for working a lift is-6 Weeks, Intimation of Remarks to the owner of the lift, raised by Inspector of Lifts is within –10 days, Time required for issuing a licence for working a lift after compliance of the remarks raised by the Inspector of Lifts is - 4Weeks. 3.4 Observing the Conditions of Lifts In View Of Safety, it is mandatory to- 3.4.1 The lift should be maintained by the approved lift erection &maintenance agency. 3.4.2 Inspector of Lift should visit & inspect the lift conditions twice in a year. 3.4.3 The Inspector of lift should give a notice in writing to the owner of the lift in form D, as per the provision laid down in section 8 of Bombay Lift Act 1939. 3.4.4 If on such inspection the Inspector of lift is of the opinion that the said lift is in an unsafe condition, he should serve an order on the owner of the lift requiring such repairs to the lift within specific time under the section 8(2) of Bombay Lift Act 1939 in form E. 3.4.5 Where any accident occurs in the operations of the lift which results in injury to a person ,the owner of the lift should give a notice with full details to Inspector of lift in form F which is mandatory under section 9 of Bombay Lift Act 1939. 3.5 Fire Lifts Development control rules decides the requirement of Fire Lifts in High rise building for safety of the persons working in or residing in the building. The safety precautions in case of Fire lifts to be observed are – 3.5.1 Minimum Car Area required –1.4 sq.mtr. 3.5.2 Car speed should be such that it should reach the top of the building from ground within one minute or the speed of the Car should not be less than one meter per second. 3.5.3 Firemen toggle switch should be at the entry of the lift on the ground floor so that after operating that toggle switch the Fire lift should remain in possession of the operator only until the task finishes. 3.5.4 Air vent should be provided at the top of the Lift well with cross sectional area 0.2 sq.mtr. 3.5.5 The car capacity of Fire lift should be such that it should allow traveling minimum 8 passengers or 544 kg weight only. 3.5.6 Stand by supply arrangement for Fire lift should be made either with Generator or separate supply from another substation. 3.5.7 The car and landing doors shall be of central opening power operated. Relaxations from provisions of the above requirements for the Fire Lift are at present being given by Chief Fire Officer of Municipal Corporation concerned. Responsible Authority to observe the implementation of lift act and rule is Inspector of Lifts, Mumbai. Next higher Authority to contact in this matter--- Public Works Department Chief Engineer (Electrical), Mumbai .