Delhi to become more accessible for differently-abled persons
With the vision of Accessible India Campaign, the Union ministry of social justice and empowerment is in the process of making Delhi an ‘accessible city’ for Persons with Disability (PwD)’.
Person with visual impairment, physically handicapped and deaf people will be taken care of while laying out measures to make the national capital a disabled friendly city.
All government and private offices, cinema halls, theatre, parks, hospitals, police stations, tourist places, monuments, banks, post offices, metro stations, ATMs, commercial place, courts, etc., will have spaces for disabled people.
The Centre has written to the Delhi government to come up with a plan to transform the Capital into a model city for others to replicate.
The population of the differently-abled in India, as per census 2011 (2016 updated), is 2.68 crore. Among the disabled, 56 per cent (1.5 cr) are males and 44 per cent (1.18 Cr ) are females.
“The department has proposed the plan in making accessible parking, ramps, toilets, automated fare collection gate, kiosks, lifts at every entry/exit, informational, directional signage, audio announcements etc. All existing public buildings/places must be made accessible within a period of five years.”
“If persons with disabilities having, visual, hearing impairments and physical disability cannot access buildings facilities and services in Delhi like a normal person does, that means the Capital is not an accessible city.”
The department is going to hold its first meeting on May 7 with the Delhi government and all stakeholders to discuss the identification of important infrastructure, recreational areas, across the city.