The corporator was stuck for one-and-a-half hour on Thursday, but thanks to the alertness of a resident, he managed to escape a threat to his life, through suffocation.
Deshpande stays in a 13-storeyed building at Indravadan Co-operative Housing Society in Dadar. At around 7:20 am on Thursday, the lift Deshpande took when he was on his way for a routine round of wards, developed a technical snag between the 11th and 10th floor.
According to Deshpande, during the 10-15 minutes after the lift stuck, he was not able to contact anyone for help, as the watchman of the building was not in his place.
"Since there was no cell phone network available, I could not call anyone. Then I started shouting for help. Luckily, a resident of the 10th floor, Lonkar, sensed something was wrong. He then tried to open the doors of the lift and managed to do so, to a small extent. He kept his footwear between the two doors, so I could at least breathe," Deshpande told dna.
However, the threat was far from over. Though people nearby got to know about the situation, the personnel maintaining the lift needed to fix the snag. Hence, the residents called up the fire station. Given Deshpande is a public representative, the cops were also informed, by the fire control room. "Despite their efforts, doors of the lift continued to remain jammed. So, the firemen manually brought the lift on the 10th floor. After that, they used a stead (iron rod) and sickle to break open the door, to my immense relief," Deshpande said.
The corporator added that he hadn't made any complaint in this regard to any authority yet. "It was just a technical snag. My life is saved, what else should one want," he said.