Use of RTI for ensuring a barrier free environment for the disabled16 Dec, 2011
The Indian buildings are singularly insensitive for the disabled and elderly with a large number of them not having any hand rails and ramps. Through the RTI route, an applicant had taken up the issue of implementation of the master transportation plan for Nagpur city which he claimed had no provisions for disabled. There was no monitoring system by which implementation of the Persons for Disabilities Act could be verified. Further, the applicant claimed there was no grievance redressal mechanism by which these issues could be taken up for resolution. The High Court had asked the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) to conduct a survey of all the government/semi-government buildings in the city regarding such facilities and submit a report in four months.