NEW DELHI: Physically challenged persons in the Capital who are unable to use public transport in its prevalent form will soon have access to disabled-friendly means of travel. The Union Urban Development Ministry has asked the Delhi Chief Secretary to draw up a road map for making public transport in the city disabled-friendly.In a letter shot off by the Ministry, attention has been drawn to the challenges that the disabled face while using public transport. Union Urban Development Secretary M. Ramachandran, who is also the chairperson of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, has said in the letter: “It is often noticed that various road infrastructure including pedestrian paths, pedestrian crossings, bus stations, buses, etc., are not properly designed so as to be accessible to physically challenged persons thereby rendering their movement extremely difficult.”
“Even after thirteen years of passing of the Act by Parliament, the implementation in the field is not significant,” he lamented.
To make road infrastructure and transport projects easily accessible for the physically challenged, the Secretary has suggested that the State Government “either design a special bus service for physically challenged persons on the lines of ‘Dial-a-Bus’ service in the United States of America or make all the buses physically challenged-friendly.”
The FINANCIAL — Over the past few years, Air France has been making every effort to make travel for disabled and reduced mobility
passengers as easy and simple as possible.
In 2001, a specific assistance service called SAPHIR* was launched, the only service of its kind in the world, which gave a new dimension to our relations with our customers and greatly contributed to alleviating stress linked to organizing air travel for these passengers. The progress made, in conjunction with associations, doctors and Air France staff has been considerable, and is constantly being improved.
“The past fourteen months have undoubtedly been the most intense in terms of development, both with regard to extending access to existing services internationally and implementing new services both on the ground and on board aircraft”, declared Patrick Roux, VP Marketing Air France.