In the success tale of a developing nation, the elements of equality are widely visible. Walking hand in hand, promoting positivity, negating disharmony, and outshining each and everyone’s individual limitations for collective growth is vital.
Making India accessible for differently challenged people, with the assistance of 75 railway stations and 5,000 public building, the government of India has announced the onset of ‘disable-friendly’ nation by July 2016. Under the Accessible India Initiative (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyaan), the Govt. of India has started with the auditing of different public sectors like international airports (about 27) and railway stations (about 75 in numbers). As reported by the Economic Times, the initiative is going to help the constructive development of India, improving and making it disable friendly.
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As per the reports, the Indian airports of Srinagar, Amritsar, Jaipur, New Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Bhopal, Port Blair, Chennai, Goa, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Delhi, Ahmadabad and Jaipur are likely to get affected with this initiative. Working on the deadline set for July 2016, the Accessible India Campaign first came into existence last year on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The Indian Government initiated the ‘Accessible India Initiative’ under the department of disability affairs and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Taking the first step towards process, the initiative will first work in 26 major cities and capitals where they will target the most influential government offices and buildings.
The exercise of retrofitting buildings as per the disable-friendly standards is a sincere effort, and the need for issuing some blueprints should be kept in consideration. We hope everything falls in place as the project seems to be quite promising. Let’s hope that both the public and private sectors adopt the disable-friendly model in the construction of owned building.