October 6, 2016 2:04:49 am
AN assessment of all suburban railway stations will be conducted to examine shortcomings in providing access to persons with disabilities, the Bombay High Court was told on Wednesday.
The India Centre for Human Rights and Law, the petitioner in the Public Interest Litigation, will conduct an accessibility assessment of facilities at over 100 stations in November and December.
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An undertaking was given by the Divisional Railway Managers of Central Railway and Western Railway stating they are willing, once this assessment is complete, to rectify any deficiencies.
The court directed the petitioner to conduct the accessibility assessment and submit reports to the railway authorities.
“The petitioners will keep on submitting periodical reports to the railways on accessibility assessment done by them. If any deficiency is mentioned, railways will have to take care of those,” said the division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Amjad Sayed.
The court also granted permission to the petitioner to take photographs and videos, which can also be submitted as part of their reports.
For access for disabled people to suburban railway stations, ramps at the entry, tactile tiling along the platforms, raising height of platforms are some of the requirements.
In an earlier order, the court referred to revised guidelines by the Government of India through the Ministry of Railways on ‘passengers amenities for passengers/persons with disabilities’, which the court had said had to be complied with.
The court on Wednesday also referred to guidelines and space standards for people with disabilities, issued in 2015 for compliance by the Railways.
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