Bappaditya Paul 
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Kolkata, 14 November
The Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC) will install two new elevators at the state’s new secretariat Nabanna in Howrah to facilitate the easy movement of employees and visitors. The new elevators will be installed at the foyer of Nabanna’s north block.   
According to HRBC officials, the new elevators will be capsule lifts with a capacity of carrying 16 people each. To be installed at Nabanna’s north block foyer in front of the staff canteen, the elevators will be linked by a ramp or bridge to each of the 14 floors of the building. HRBC has plans to complete the installation by February-end.
“We have floated a notice inviting quotations (NIQ) from bona fide lift manufacturing agencies for the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of two lifts. Once we receive the quotations, those will be evaluated and the contract will be awarded to a suitable bidder at the earliest,” said HRBC vice-chairman Sadhan Ranjan Banerjee. "The approximate cost of installing the two elevators will be around Rs 1  crore."
The NIQ floated by the HRBC on 8 November states that the new elevators should conform to the Bureau of India Standard (BIS) and the National Building Code of India norms. The quotations will be opened at 3.30 p.m. on 25 November. The HRBC wants the new lifts to move at a speed of 1.5 to 2 metres per second.    
At present, the Nabanna building has five elevators that include two for the use of VIPs and three for common use. Following a recent upgrade, the speed of three lifts is now 1.5 metre per second and the remaining two move at one metre per second.
The first category of
elevators can undertake 15 trips an hour on the 48-metre-high building, carrying 720 persons per hour.
The second category of elevators can make 13 trips an hour, ferrying a total of 428 persons.
Thus, the total number of people that the five upgraded elevators are now able to carry is around 1,148 per hour as against the 2,483-odd secretariat employees whose offices are located in the Nabanna building. This is resulting in a 10-15 minute wait to get into a lift, particularly during the office reporting hours in the morning. 
In addition, there are about 1,000-odd visitors who come the new secretariat every day for varied purposes.