Shimla (June 29): Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation is exploring the possibility of putting up a new lift complex for sixteen passengers, equipped with all modern amenities. This will be adjacent to the existing lift and in addition to the present lift complex comprising four lifts, run by HPTDC connecting The Mall road with Cart road.
Disclosing this, HPTDC MD Vineet Kumar while taking an emergency meeting of the senior officers of the Corporation and talking to the technical team of OTIS regarding the incident which occurred yesterday in the lift complex whereby 14 tourists were stranded, he further said that the present HPTDC lifts are fully equipped with all kinds of security measures.
It was made clear by the technical team from OTIS, who is responsible for taking all kinds of safety measures for these lifts, that the problem was due to overloading. Kumar further said that all the tourists were rescued in a proper and efficient manner. “We were also talking to the tourists during the period when they were stranded in the lift not to panic. As soon as the tourists come out, they were taken to Hotel Holiday Home and Peterhof and offered complimentary lodging and boarding. All care was taken including arranging of vehicles and medical help for the tourists. However, medical treatment was not needed by anybody, as all the passengers were perfectly alright,” he added.
In order to ensure that such incident do not occur in future, additional manpower will be put into regulate the entry into the lifts, so that there is no overloading. The MD has also directed OTIS employees to explore the possibility of an emergency exit in the lift.