Chennai gearing up for two new ramps at Elliot Beach

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, September 11 2017

CHENNAI, INDIA: The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) is building two new ramps along the stretch of Elliot beach thus paving way for more accessible public spaces for people with disabilities.

Wheelchair ramp symbolUntil now, there were two ramps at both the ends of the beach which made it hard for people on wheelchairs to reach them as this would mean wheeling for at least half a kilometre to reach either end.

This initiative towards accessibility also includes renovation of these existing ramps which is now complete.

A new ramp near a police booth has neared completion while another ramp will be complete in another two weeks.

Members of disability rights organizations have advised the Corporation to construct side flares on either side of the ramps to ensure safety. Most places in Chennai have ramps that are plain slopes which can lead to accidents as there is a tendency to slip.

The tourism department has submitted a proposal to the Government for building accessible pathways till the waters. The proposal currently awaits clearance.

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