Four workers killed as lift free falls at under-construction society in Greater Noida; nine booked, ET RealEstate

September 16, 2023

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NOIDA: Four workers died and five others were injured on Friday after a service lift had a free fall from the fourteenth floor at an under-construction group housing society in Greater Noida West, police said.

The police have lodged an FIR for culpable homicide, injury due to negligence, among other charges, against nine people, including two officials of state-run NBCC, according to officials.

The incident took place around 8.30 am at the under-construction site of Amrapali Dream Valley Society in Greater Noida West, also known as Noida Extension, the police added.

This long-stalled project is being completed by the state-run NBCC.

According to a police official, the service lift which was carrying the workers from the ground floor had a free fall from the fourteenth floor.

District Magistrate Manish Verma said, “Four workers died in the incident while five others were hospitalised in a critical condition.”

Verma, who visited the injured at the hospital and inspected the under-construction site as well, said the matter is being investigated and action would be ensured against anyone found guilty.

“We will recommend financial compensation for the victims as per the law and guidelines of the Labour Code. The matter is under investigation as of now,” Verma told PTI earlier in the day.

The police identified the dead workers as Ishtaq Ali (23) of Bihar’s Balrampur district, Arun Tanti Mandal (40) of Bihar’s Banka, Vipot Mandal (45) of Bihar’ Katihar and Aris Khan (22) of Amroha district in Uttar Pradesh. Those injured have been identified as Asul Mustaqeem, Abdul Mustaqeem, Kuldeep Pal, Kaif, Arbaaz Ali — natives of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the police said.

Additional DCP (Central Noida) Rajeev Dixit said on Friday evening that an FIR has been lodged against nine people at the Bisrakh police station here in connection with the incident.

Among those booked are two officials of NBCC, two of the lift provider company, and two site supervisors. All the accused have been booked under Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 337 (injury due to negligence), 338 (grievous hurt due to negligence), 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, according to the FIR.

Provisions under the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act have also been invoked in the case, the FIR showed. Officials of the construction company could not be contacted for their response.

Meanwhile, the police have asked the workers living in under-construction buildings near the incident spot to vacate the premises.

DM Verma said that the police have cited “precautionary measures” for evacuating these residents.

Construction workers said the sudden police order for removal has left them worried.

“Thousands of workers, including women, live within the project premises. Where would we find shelter all of a sudden now?” a worker who hails from Bihar’s Katihar district told PTI, requesting not to be named.

Another worker from West Bengal claimed the ambulance arrived at the spot half an hour after the incident.

“The incident took place around 8.30 am. Initially, a small ambulance came and took three workers with it. Later a small pickup truck arrived in which the other five injured workers were sent to hospital,” the worker said. Additional police force and PAC personnel arrived at the society around 2 pm and began removal of labourers and their families. Friday’s incident comes within 50 days from the death of a 72-year-old woman in a group housing society in Noida inside a lift that malfunctioned. The woman possibly died of a heart attack.

Uttar Pradesh currently does not have any law to regulate the installation, maintenance or usage of lifts, even as residents in Noida and Greater Noida have been raising demands for it time and again. After the elderly woman’s death, UP Power Minister A K Sharma had informed the state assembly on August 10 that the promulgation of the Lift and Escalator Act in the state was under process.

  • Published On Sep 16, 2023 at 09:15 AM IST

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