Delhi railway stations to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, February 2 2017

NEW DELHI: Railway stations in the capital may soon be equipped with more disabled-friendly features though cleanliness and passenger safety will be given top priority.

Ramp with tactile warning strips and handrailsAccording to the Union Budget presented on Wednesday, all coaches will be equipped with bio-toilets by 2019 and a pilot project will be implemented at the New Delhi railway station. Under this project, municipal solid waste and biodegradable trash will be converted to energy. For the first time, the railway budget has been merged with the Union Budget.

Last year, the idea of strengthening Delhi’s iconic ring railway system was mooted. The government now plans to analyse its revival. “We were already analysing the feasibility plans to see how it can be implemented efficiently,” said a Northern Railway official.

In the Budget 2017-18, the total outlay for Delhi was Rs 444 crore as compared to Rs 208 crore in the previous financial year. The government also proposed to make 500 railway stations accessible for persons with disabilities. Officials said more escalators and lifts might be added to some stations in Delhi in the next few months. The idea is to give passengers with vision disabilities easy access to foot overbridges. The Delhi division of Northern Railway had earlier signed an MoU with Container Corporation of India Ltd (CONCOR) in this regard.

Better seating facilities may be added for passengers with mobility disabilities. According to an NR official, details of these plans will be available soon. “The timeline for executing these plans will be cleared in the coming days,” the official added.

Source: Times of India

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