Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan was rescued by fire brigade officials Saturday evening after being stuck in an elevator for a good 20 minutes in Ravindra Mansion in south Mumbai, which houses his office.
Chavan, along with MPCC general secretary Sanjay Dutt, took the lift from the ground floor at 6.45 pm to go to his office on the first floor of the seven-floor building. Chavan’s personal assistant Gajanan Awalkar realised something was amiss when the lift did not arrive on the first floor even after five minutes. He immediately alerted the building security, which informed the fire brigade.
Chavan and Dutt had returned from a function from Yashwantrao Chavan Hall and were headed back to the office, Awalkar said.
“They were talking to each other while entering the lift. I took the stairs. When the lift did not arrive on the first floor, I rushed down to check. I could hear Mr Chavan saying aloud that the lift was not working. I informed the security immediately,” he said.
At 6.50 pm, a call was made to the fire brigade control room. By 7.10 pm, two fire tenders and an ambulance were rushed to the building. Using a machine, firemen broke open the lift door and rescued Chavan and Dutt at 7.20 pm.
Neither Chavan nor Dutt complained of any uneasiness after being rescued, said fire brigade officials.
“There was a bit of panic at the control room when we learnt that the former CM is stuck in an elevator,” said an operator at the fire brigade control room.