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Four dead as lift falls from 14th floor in SC-monitored project in Greater Noida

Four workers died and five sustained severe injuries after a lift came crashing down to the ground from the 14th floor in an under-construction housing project in Greater Noida West. Officials said the incident happened around 9 am at “Dream Valley” site when a group of nine workers took the lift to work in the C-12 tower of the project.

Officials said that an FIR has been registered against nine persons, including officials of NBCC (India) Limited and Girdhari Lal Construction Company along with the lift-company supervisor, project supervisor, and engineer, among others, at Bisrakh police station.

NBCC, a public sector company, has been executing the project since 2019 when it took over unfinished projects of Amrapali group after the Supreme Court cancelled the registration of the company.

The deceased have been identified as 23-year-old Ishtaq Ali, Arun Taanti (40), Vipul Mandal (45) — all three from Bihar — and Aris Khan, 19, a resident of Amroha.

The injured included Asul Mustaqeem from Bihar, Abdul Mustaqeem and Kuldeep Pal from Kannauj, UP, Kaif from Meerut, and Mohd Ali from Amroha. All injured persons are admitted to the ICU of district hospital, where they are said to be in critical condition due to multiple injuries.

“Four persons were brought dead to the hospital. Our rescue team rushed to the spot and the injured were admitted to the hospital. We are gathering forensic evidence; strict action will be taken against whosoever is found responsible for this incident,” said Laxmi Singh, Commissioner of Police, Gautam Buddha Nagar.

Faizan Ali, one of the workers at the site, said that Aris Khan, one of the deceased, had only recently started working at the site. “I was working in a different tower. But some of the workers heard the sound of the lift falling and informed me. What I saw was very horrible. The workers were in a very bad condition. Aris was from my village, I had helped him get this job. I did not know that everything would end within a few days,” said Ali while waiting to receive the body at the hospital.

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On possible reasons behind the accident, he said, “I do not know the exact reason, but it could have happened due to a failure in the brakes that made the lift stop at different floors.”

In 2019, the SC cancelled the registration of the Amrapali Group of Companies under RERA in July 2019 and handed the projects over to NBCC. The court appointed senior advocate R Venkataramani, currently Attorney General of India, as court receiver for the project.

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Greater Noida authority said that since the whole project is being monitored by the Supreme Court, they cannot take any action from their side. “The SC is already seized of the construction of the project. So, there is not much room left for us to act. However, we will soon issue directions for the structural audit of all the under-construction projects, so that such incidents are never repeated in the future,” said Ravi Kumar, CEO of Greater Noida Authority.

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