Nepal to make public places accessible for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, April 30 2013

KATHMANDU: The government today issued directives to make public places accessible for persons with disabilities.

The directives developed and issued by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare has defined government buildings, hospitals, universities, organizations, religious sites, recreational places, public roads, pavements, parking areas, play grounds, conference halls as ‘public places’.

Business complexes opened for public, residential buildings, hotels and restaurants, and banks have also been categorized as ‘public places’.

The public means of communications like television channels and radio stations have also been directed to compulsorily represent persons with various physical disabilities.

The directives were unveiled by Ministry Secretary Dineshhari Adhikari at a program in Kathmandu today.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers on February 17 had approved the directives that aimed to address the voices of Nepal Federation of Disabled.

The directives also stated that physical infrastructure in public places be made in such a way that there should not be any obstruction in the movement of persons with disabilities, and guiding blocks be installed on the pavements to ensure their smooth movement. It also sough an alternative to overhead bridges since they are not friendly for persons with disabilities.

Source: The Himalayan

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