Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-03-24 10:03 Bengaluru: For an institution from where not much good news ever comes out, there is, in fact some good news. One of the two lifts in the BBMP building, which had been non-functional for the last nine months, yes that’s right, nine months, may start hauling people in about three weeks. The lift, which was derelict condition for the last few years, finally gave up its ghost last year. The officials invited a tender for repairs, and awarded it to Thyssen Krupp, the market leader in lift management. "The cost of the lift is Rs 12 lakh and the same company that fixes will have to maintain for one year. We started this work three months ago and in few weeks we will finish it,"said Govindaiah, Executive Engineer, Electrical. However, there is no cautionary signage at the site where such hazardous work is going on. None of the officials were available for comment. As per the guidelines, it is mandatory to put up warning signages at the site any construction or renovation in a government building. All the civic or government agencies must follow the practice for signage, but strangely, this is not being followed at the BBMP. "Civic agencies get away easily when untoward incident happens. Many years ago, a family was washed away in storm water drain during rains as the civic agency has failed to but safety signage and the drain was left open. This is because of callous attitude of officials who think they will not be held accountable," said V Ravichander, Urban Development expert. Venkatesh, resident of Lakkasandra, who visits BBMP offices frequently to appraise officials about civic problems, says, "Coming to BBMP is itself a task as most of the time officials are busy. On top of it, climbing the stairs is another task. I suffer from knee pains. I hope the BBMP finishes the work without any delay and also puts up the warning board as there is a bank close by and children keep coming with parents may venture out and come this side." Chinnamma and Lakshamma, pourakarmikas, who comes to collect the waste from the offices every day, find climbing the stairs stressful. "Climbing two floors is very tiring as aged people like me have weakness in legs," Lakshmamma rued. In short, the completion of the work on the lift is much looked forward to,by the visitors and staff. But, the question is whether it will be ready in three weeks as promised, or, being a BBMP lift, it will take longer than that?