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Volume 3 Issue 16

August 15, 2005

Feature


  • Barrier-free Access for all: A step to freedom
    Delhi, the capital city of India, is undergoing a facelift. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (M.C.D.) had recently promised that the Capital will have new Building Bye-laws in place by January 2006 that would be simple and user-friendly. Adding weight to this is the fact that there will be a panel of architects and designers to approve the building plans. The M.C.D. Commissioner Rakesh Mehta unveiled the draft copy of the new Byelaws at a workshop in Delhi and announced that once the final draft is ready, public objections will be invited. Unfortunately, disability finds no mention whatsoever in such an important law where even redevelopment of areas is being considered. Again, the Delhi Government has come up with a draft Master Plan with the grand ‘vision’ of transforming the Capital into a world-class city by 2021. But the Plan that is far from perfect has come in for heavy criticism from all quarters, including the disability sector, for its lack of vision. Chitra S. Shankar examines the issue on the eve of India’s Independence Day.

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  • Make one colony totally accessible as a beginning to make Delhi a model of access: P.R. Mehta
    "Urban Planners and Managers must recognise that public spaces are not just for workers, meaning the production force. They should adopt the concept of citizenship as an all-embracing category of all people who live and move in these spaces. It is this outlook that will guide them in creating structures that are not restrictive but truly universal,” says P.R. Mehta, Former President, Council of Architecture and an avid supporter of a barrier-free world, in conversation with Parvinder Singh.

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