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Volume 9 Issue 1 - March 15, 2012

P.I.L. filed in Bombay High Court to make rail travel easier for persons with disabilities

D.N.I.S. News Network, India: A Public Interest Litigation (P.I.L.) has been filed by India Centre for Human Rights and Law in Bombay High Court to make travel by railways easier for persons with disabilities. The P.I.L. aims at improving the amenities provided at railway stations and in trains for persons with disabilities.

In an order dated March 1, 2012, Chief Justice Mohit S. Shah and Justice Ranjit More of the Bombay High Court directed the Central Railways and Western Railways to provide amenities at railway stations and other public buildings for persons with disabilities.

The order added that, “In a Public Interest Litigation it is open to the parties to make suggestions for modifying or adding the guidelines prepared by the Government or an organisation like Research Design and Standards Organisation (R.D.S.O.). The petitioners also claim to have benefit of the services of experts who may make valuable suggestions for modifying/improving the designs of the facilities like toilets, ticket windows and other amenities to be provided at the railway stations.”

The Central Railways and Western Railways were also asked to furnish non-official members of the committee with copies of the drawings and designs for all such facilities and amenities, which may be provided in future or as a part of ongoing project/work, which are to be provided at Railway Stations for persons with disabilities.

The next hearing will take place on March 28, 2012.

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