THE BOMBAY LIFT ACT, 1939mbay Lift Act 1939  
This Act lays down provisions for regulating construction maintenance and safe working of certain classes of lifts and all machineries, apparatus pertaining thereto in the N.C.T. of Delhi and also prescribes procedure for issue of licence for working of the lifts. This act also provides power to make rules about the specifications, testing and licensing of the lifts etc.

This Act is being enforced by the Inspector of lifts and officers appointed to assist the Inspector of Lifts. The Electrical Inspector is the Inspector of Lifts and Assistant Electrical Inspectors are the Officers appointed to assist the Inspectors of Lifts to take action against defaulters. 

The penalty clause is also provided in the Act, which prescribes a penalty of Rs.500/- for breach of any provisions of the Act or Rules made thereunder and for continuous offence Rs.50/- shall be charged for every day after the first day during which such breach continues. The Inspector of Lifts inspects lifts installed in any building located in N.C.T. of Delhi except the building maintained by PWD and MES to check whether the provisions of this Act and rules made thereunder have been complied with and issue notices to the defaulters for rectification of defects if any and also issues licenses /NOC to those lifts which are adhering to the provisions of this Act.

 These rules provide procedure for applying/obtaining licenses for working of lifts, specification of lift components/ machinery and safety devices to be used in the lift and procedure for inspection/testing of the lifts. These rules are basically safety regulations which are being enforced for safe and proper construction, working, maintenance and inspection of lifts for ensuring safety of users and also smooth working of the same. As per the provisions of these rules whosever desires to install passenger lift, shall have to submit an application on a prescribed performa to the Inspector of Lifts for obtaining permission to erect the lifts. On receipt of the application the designated field staff visits the site and if the same is found suitable for errection of lift then permission is granted to applicant to install the lift. On completion of lift, the owner of the lift shall inform the Inspector of lifts on a prescribed form alongwith the license fees varying between Rs. 520/- to Rs.1020/- depending upon the speed of the lift . On receipt of such application, the inspecting staff inspects the electrical installation of lift, its layout, safety mechanisms and safety gears etc to see whether the provisions of lift Act/Rules and the guidelines laid down in relevant Bureau of Indian Standards have been complied with. If upon inspection, the same is found in accordance with relevant provisions of lift Act and rules, then license for working of lift is issued. The lifts are also periodically inspected almost once in a year to check whether the same are being maintained properly and also whether the safety provisions are being followed or not. As present there are about five thousand lifts installed in various buildings excluding the lifts maintained by PWD and MES.




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