Unlike in private buildings which are equipped with all the facilities, paying a visit to government buildings is nothing short of a nightmare, especially for persons with disabilities. Forget about working lifts, most of the govt buildings have steep stairs which often pose problems for persons with disabilities to climb and meet the officials.
Realising the need and long-pending demands of disable-friendly ramps, the District Administration is pondering over setting up separate ramps, toilets and lifts at government buildings and hospitals to facilitate persons with disabilities and to ease their sufferings.
Once the buildings go dis-able-friendly, people with disabilities including blind physical handicapped would face no problems in reaching the preferred offices in the building.
The District Administration with this move is aiming at end-to-end connection at all the offices to enhance accessibility by making significant changes to infrastructure, transportation, information and communication systems.
In this regard, the Deputy Commissioner D Randeep has already held meetings with concerned officials to take the stock of the situation of all the government buildings in the district.
“All the newly constructed government buildings including the Deputy Commissioner’s office are fully accessible while the old ones needed to be revamped to make them disable-friendly. The dis-able-friendly facilities at the newly constructed DC’s office would be replicated in all the government building this year,” Randeep told City Today.
The facilities, he said, would include disable-friendly ramps, lifts, and obstruction-free walk-ways. It is also learnt that Braille staircase handrail to navigate visually impaired will also be set up.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) data, 10 per cent of the world’s population lives with a disability and most of them live in developing countries.
According to the 2011 census, there are 60,470 persons with disabilities in Mysuru district comprising 32,768 males and 27,702 females.
Randeep further said that action plan for the work was being readied and the works would be taken up with the funds allocated for persons with disabilities.
The move has brought a sigh of relief to persons with disabilities. Sapna, who is physically handicapped, welcomed the move saying it would solve her problems and problems of people like her significantly. “It is very difficult to visit any government building due to lack of accessibility. It is an excellent move by the district administration,” she said, adding that she was happy that the administration was sensitive to the plight of handicapped.