New Delhi: In a noble initiative by the Tourism and the Transport Ministry together - all the infrastructure in the Capital -- from bus stops, buses to heritage sites -- are going to be made more user friendly for the disabled.
Patient of Cerebral palsy since birth, Samuel Mani hasn't deterred his zeal to lead a normal life. He uses a wheelchair for moving around, but most of the places in and around the Capital were out of reach for him. But now till Swayam took the initiative to make the Capital disabled-friendly and many like Mani are surely finding things easy.
"Ab main apne aap travel kar paoonga ghusne se lekar chadhne tak, (now I can travel on my own independently)," said Mani.
There are more than two million people suffering from various disabilities in the Delhi alone. From buses to bus queue shelters, all are being revamped to make them user friendly. And the special low floor buses with features like wider doors; ramp, seat belts and request bells are surely a hit with the users.
The Transport Ministry plans to include more than 6,000 disabled-friendly buses in its fleet before 2010.
Even the heritage sites are being made completely accessible for the disabled. Ramps are already in place around the Qutb Minar and efforts are on to make the Red Fort accessible too.
"This means more independence and more freedom. I can walk and roam around in the Qutb Minar without any help kyunki humein bhi azadi chahiye, enjoyment chahiye, (because even we want freedom and enjoyment)," said another disabled person, Manish Gupta.
And Swayam plans to make not only the Capital, but the entire country accessible for these differently abled people.
"We are also looking to improve various public buildings, the railways and air ports," said president Swayam, Sminu Jindal.
With such an initiative in place one can certainly hope that every place in the country will soon be disabled-friendly.