The bus shelters in NDMC areas are being redesigned to make them disabled-friendly and accessible to all user groups.
A sample bus shelter at Humayun Road (near Junior Modern School) has already been readied and the model has found the approval of the Steering Committee set up the by the NDMC to look into the design and construction of the bus shelters. The state-of-art bus shelters will be equipped with modern signs, telephone booths and fluorescent tubes on the roof to illuminate the surrounding area.
By next month, 20 more such bus stops would be functional – work has already started at bus stops at Vinay Marg, Bhai Vir Singh Road in Gole Market, Baroda House and North Avenue.
“A total of 197 such bus shelters would come up in NDMC areas over the next 15 weeks. The universal design of the shelters would change the system of transportation by public buses in New Delhi area. The design parameters incorporated are in tune with universally accepted norms and make the public facility accessible to all – children, elderly and the disabled,” said Sanjeev Sachdeva of Samarthya, an NGO working for the rights of the disabled.
The NGO is part of the NDMC’s Steering Committee. “The first meeting of the committee was held on April 20, 2006 with representatives from DTC, Traffic Police, NDMC and M/s JCDecaux, the company engaged for constructing the shelters,” said Sachdeva.
All the new bus shelters have a height of 380 meters and ramps have been constructed on either sides to make the approach to the shelter accessible to all. Special textural/tactile plates have been placed on the floor to guide people with poor vision.
At each bus shelter, space been demarcated to accommodate two wheelchairs and signages have been put in place. Also, Braille Plates (with name of the bus shelter and routes in Hindi and English) have been put up.
Pictograms are in place to demarcate priority seats for senior citizens/persons with reduced mobility and disabled persons. “The shelters have space for wheelchairs and access to telephone,” said a senior NDMC official. It has been decided that the colour of the all bus shelter would be bright and contrasted to the background. In addition, Samarthya has suggested that the reserved space meant for two wheelchair users should have ‘symbol of accessibility’ on the floor/background and on the bus shelter.