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Easy ride for disabled in Metro

delhi Updated: Aug 17, 2010 00:14 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
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Physically and visually disabled people can now hope to have a comfortable ride in the metro, and that too without any assistance.

The state-of-the-art Airport Express Line of the Delhi Metro, all set to be operational by the middle of September, will be fully disabled friendly.

According to the Barrier Free Environment Act of Government of India implemented in 2005, there should be no obstruction in the movement of visually and immobility impaired people and they should be able to move freely, without any help of other person.

Reliance Infrastructure, which is constructing the airport line between New Delhi Railway Station and Dwarka sector 21, has preferred to follow the Act, officials said.

"We have planned its airport line taking into account the highest standard of comfort and accessibility of the physically and visually challenged people, old people as well as children," said K.P. Maheshwari, sr.executive vice president of Reliance Infrastructure.

He added: "We have made all the stations disabled friendly and people on wheelchairs can access them. Besides, the stations will have ramps with a mild slope leading to elevators."

The elevators are specially designed for the convenience of physically challenged people and are capable of carrying stretchers in case of emergency. Each coach of the metro will also have a wheelchair.

"The elevators can be used by visually impaired persons. Elevator buttons will also have Braille letters," said an official.

All the stations-New Delhi Metro Station, Shivaji Terminus, Dhaula Kuan, NH-8, IGI Airport and Dwarka sector 21 - will have tactile guide path to help visually impaired people move from the station entrance to the train door without any assistance.

Every station is equipped with disabled friendly toilets.

The floor of the coach and the platform are at the same level to allow smooth entry of disabled people with wheelchairs. Once inside the train, a disabled person can secure his wheelchair with the help of a docking system.

Company sources said help call points will be located at various points of stations and trains so that in case of any emergency, a disabled person can seek help by just pressing the call buttons.