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The authorities here do not know the meaning of 'disabled access audit' which is needed to ensure that all government offices, public buildings and public transport are disabled friendly, the Delhi High Court said today.
They were also asked to indicate the measures taken after the audit was carried out.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice c Hari Shankar said the authorities had filed status reports "without
understanding" the meaning of the 'disabled access audit' and the requirements for making buildings accessible to differently-abled persons.
It directed the authorities to ensure that 'disabled access audit' was done for all buildings under their control.
The bench listed the matter for February 13 and asked the authorities to explain the measures undertaken for physically disabled as well as visually and auditory impaired persons.
The directions came during the hearing of a PIL filed by 29-year-old Nipun Malhotra seeking directions to make the capital's roads, government offices and public transport friendly for the disabled people.
The plea has alleged that "most public facilities", right from public transportation, sidewalks, roads, footpaths to government buildings, were "woefully equipped" to meet the needs of the disabled.
The government is expected to ensure non-discrimination in public transport, rail compartments, buses, vessels, aircraft and waiting rooms in such a way so as to make them comfortably accessible to the physically challenged persons, the petition has said.
While referring to its earlier order, the bench had said it had already directed civic agencies to reserve space for the disabled in parking areas across the city and punish errant contractors and attendants.
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