Amendments kick in to the Tamil Nadu Lifts and Escalators Rules, 1997; period of validity of authorization for erection, maintenance, inspection and testing of lifts and escalators stands extended to 2 years

The Tamil Nadu Government has in  a Notification dated 3rd October, 2019 made amendments to the Tamil Nadu Lifts and Escalators Rules, 1997.

Please see below a comparative analysis of the changes.

Principle Rule Amended Rule Implication
2(e) ‘Urban Local Body” means the Corporation, Municipality or Town Panchayat; 2(e) Local Authority means –

(i) any Municipal Corporation established under any law for the time being in force; or body of Port Commissioners or other authority legally entitled to, or entrusted by the Union or any State Government with the control or management of any area or local fund;

(ii) any Town Panchayat or Municipal Council constituted under the Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act,1920 (Tamil Nadu Act V of 1920); or

(iii) any District Panchayat or any Panchayat Union Council or any Village Panchayat constituted under the Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act,1994 (Tamil Nadu Act 21 of 1994

The Amendment substitutes the term ‘Urban Local Body’ with the term ‘Local Authority’. While the definition of Local Authority still includes Corporation, Municipality or Town Panchayat, with this amendment District Panchayats too are covered within the definition of Local Authority. Furthermore, clarity has been brought in by mentioning the Act/s under which the municipal, corporation, municipality or Town Panchayat are constituted. Prior to this amendment, the Acts under which the municipality, town panchayat or corporation are constituted were not explicitly mentioned in the definition of Urban Local Body.
3. Permission to erect a Lift or an Escalator for making additions or alterations to existing Lift or Escalator…..

(xvii) Copy of approval obtained from the Urban Local Body concerned for the Building Plan;

(xviii) A chalan remitted into Government Treasury or by means of electronic payment through the website https://www.tnei.tn.gov.in for a fee of, – (a) Rs.2,500/- (Rupees Two Thousand and Five Hundred only) in case of lift having 5 landings;

b) Rs.5,000/- (Rupees Five Thousand only) in case of lift having more

than 5 landings;

(c) Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand only) for each Escalator

(xix) Structural Stability Certificate obtained from the registered Structural Engineer for the buildings which are constructed before the formation of Urban Local Body where additions or alterations are proposed to be made in the existing lift or escalator installations or where new Lifts or escalators are proposed to be erected in those buildings.

3. Permission to erect a Lift or an Escalator for making additions or alterations to existing Lift or Escalator…..

(xvii) Copy of approval obtained from the Local Authority concerned for the Building Plan;

(xviii) A chalan remitted into Government Treasury or by means of electronic payment through the website https://www.tnei.tn.gov.in for a fee of, – (a) Rs.2,500/- (Rupees Two Thousand and Five Hundred only) in case of lift having upto five landings;

(b) Rs.5,000/- (Rupees Five Thousand only) in case of lift having more

than 5 landings;

(c) Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand only) for each Escalator

(xix) Structural Stability Certificate obtained from the registered Structural Engineer for the buildings which are constructed before the formation of Local Authority where additions or alterations are proposed to be made in the existing lift or escalator installations or where new Lifts or escalators are proposed to be erected in those buildings.

This Amendment brings clarity to Rule 3(xviii) by adding the word ‘upto’ before the words five landings in Rule 3 (xviii).

 

Rule 3 is in respect of Permission to erect a Lift or an Escalator for making additions or alterations to existing Lift or Escalator. Prior to the amendment, by not specifically clarifying that the challan for a fee of, – (a) Rs.2,500/- is payable in case of lifts having upto 5 landings, the provision was vague.

 

Since the term ‘Urban Local Body is substituted with the term ‘Local Authority’  consequently the term Urban Local Body has been substituted with Local Authority in this provision too.

4. Licence for working a Lift or an Escalator….. (c) A chalan remitted into Government Treasury or by means of electronic payment through the website https://www.tnei.tn.gov.in for a fee of. –

 

(i) Rs.5,000/-(Rupees Five Thousand only) in case of lift having 5 landings;

(ii) Rs.10,000/-(Rupees Ten Thousand only) in case of lift having more than 5 landings;

(iii) Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand only) for each Escalator

4. Licence for working a Lift or an Escalator….. (c) A chalan remitted into Government Treasury or by means of electronic payment through the website https://www.tnei.tn.gov.in for a fee of. –

 

(i) Rs.5,000/-(Rupees Five Thousand only) in case of lift having upto five landings;

(ii) Rs.10,000/-(Rupees Ten Thousand only) in case of lift having more than 5 landings;

(iii) Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand only) for each Escalator

This Amendment brings clarity to Rule 4(i) by adding the word ‘upto’ before the words five landings in Rule 4 (i).

 

Rule 4 is in respect of Licence for working a Lift or an Escalator. Prior to the amendment, by not specifically clarifying that the fee of Rs. 5000/- is payable in case of lifts having upto 5 landings, the provision was vague.

5.Renewal of Licence…..

 

(i) Rs.5,000/- (Rupees Five Thousand Only) in case of lift having 5 landings;

(ii)Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand Only) in case of lift having more than 5 landings;

(iii) Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand Only) for each Escalator

5.Renewal of Licence…..

 

(i) Rs.5,000/- (Rupees Five Thousand Only) in case of lift having upto five landings;

(ii)Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand Only) in case of lift having more than 5 landings;

(iii) Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand Only) for each Escalator.

This Amendment brings clarity to Rule 5(i) by adding the word ‘upto’ before the words five landings in Rule 5(i).

 

Rule 5 is in respect of fees payable for renewal of licence. Prior to the amendment, by not specifically clarifying that the fee of Rs. 5000/- is payable in case of lifts having upto 5 landings, the provision was vague.

13. Authorization for Erection, Maintenance, Inspection and Testing of lifts and escalators……(4) Every authorization granted under this rule shall be valid for a period of one year and shall be renewable every year subject to compliance of terms and conditions specified for the purpose “13. Authorization for Erection, Maintenance, Inspection and Testing of lifts and escalators…..(4) Every authorization granted under this rule shall be valid for a period of two years and shall be renewable on its expiry subject to compliance of terms and conditions specified for the purpose The amendment has extended  the period of validity of authorization for erection, maintenance, inspection and testing of lifts and escalators to 2 years. Previously, the authorization for erection, maintenance, inspection and Testing of lifts and escalators needed to be done every year since it was valid only for a year.
Form M : CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORISATION FOR MAINTENANCE, INSPECTION AND TESTING OF ESCALATORS.

 

Under Section 10 of the Tamil Nadu Lifts and Escalators Act, 1997, ……………………………………………………………… …………………………………… .are hereby authorized to carry out maintenance, inspection and testing of lifts within the State of Tamil Nadu subject to the compliance of instructions set out in the Annexure II and fulfilment of the conditions detailed below.

 

Form M : CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORISATION FOR MAINTENANCE, INSPECTION AND TESTING OF LIFTS.

 

Under Section 10 of the Tamil Nadu Lifts and Escalators Act, 1997, ……………………………………………………………… …………………………………… .are hereby authorized to carry out maintenance, inspection and testing of lifts within the State of Tamil Nadu subject to the compliance of instructions set out in the Annexure II and fulfilment of the conditions detailed below

The heading of the Form has been amended by replacing the word ‘Escalators’ with ‘Lifts’ thereby making it applicable to Lifts instead of Elevators. This change was much needed since previously the body of the Form referred to Lifts while the heading mentioned Escalators. Hence, there was a need to bring the Form heading in sync with the body of Form M.

 

This amendment has rectified this issue.

SourceTamil Nadu Government

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