Capital continues to be inaccessible

Published: 02nd October 2016 12:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd October 2016 07:36 AM   |  A+A-



On December 3, 2015, when the Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) was announced on the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, it seemed to be the end of many hurdles in their lives. The first target date was July 2016. The date has passed and the progress made under the scheme is not difficult to judge going by the state of virtually no change in the city.
Broken footpaths, open manholes, and poles placed right in the middle of the footpaths tell a living tale of how unmindful we are to the problems of those whose movements are obstructing by such barriers. By this we do not only mean people with disabilities, but many others like the elderly and the ones facing some health issues.
Such accessibility barriers are further magnified by animals freely moving on the streets, irregular parking and breach of traffic rules at the crossings. Even the DTC drivers decide the locations of bus stops on their own and stop the buses every five minutes to pick up passengers.
If this is the condition in the Capital of India, how far and how fast the rest of the Bharat will become Sugamya, is not difficult to imagine. For accessibility to have any meaning, it has to be seamlessly integrated in the everyday lives and movements of the citizens.
A barrier-free city is a statement of our sensitivity and an attempt to create a better present and future for all because there comes a time in the life of almost everyone when infrastructural convenience becomes an imperative need. So, let us pause for a minute and reflect on our lives and attitudes as we see others struggling with countless barriers at crossroads and wonder, where the city of Delhi is moving towards?


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