The Opposition said that in the last few months, many cases have come to light of people getting stuck inside lifts, and asked whether these elevators were being inspected, in the wake of several posts of inspecting staff lying vacant.

PWD Minister Chandrakant Patil, while replying to a query raised by Congress member Anant Gadgil during the Question Hour, cited that out of the total 35,683 lifts installed in Mumbai, 32,493 have been inspected by his department till February this year.

"Out of the total 32 posts for lift inspection engineers, 12 are vacant. Every three months, a chart is made of the total number of lifts inspected which we put on the (official) website. In most cases of lift failure, it is observed that the elevator stops due to power failure," Patil replied.

He also added that as per the concerned laws framed in 2012, there are two rules to be compulsorily followed by lift manufacturers.

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