Environment-Barrier free acess

One of the provisions of the Central Act is to provide barrier free access to Persons with Disabilities in all public places.

Accessibility is the foundation of all other rights, Accessibility to quality education, media, information, communication, entertainment, technology and architectural accessibility (physical approach) will enable creation of equal opportunities for persons with disabilities.

As per the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 all public places like Government offices, bus stations, parks, temples (places of worship), railway stations, cinema halls, courts, schools etc., have to be made barrier free. The office of the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities along with Non-Government organizations has conducted access audits of the following places and ensured that barrier free environment is made.

  • Vidhana Soudha
  • High Court
  • Railway Stations
  • General Post office
  • Passport office
  • H.A.L
  • High Court of Karnataka
  • Bangalore University
  • BDA & BMP zonal office Jayanagar
  • IIM
  • BEL
  • Coles park
  • Corporation Govt. School
  • Police Stations etc.

This office has taken up the work of facilitating N.G.O’s etc to enable barrier free environment. But the Governmental bureaucracy should have a positive attitude and make all the public places accessible. The footpaths of Bangalore city should be made barrier free at the earliest and enable the disabled and senior citizens to move easily without much dependence on others.

As per Sec 44 & 45 of the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 the establishments should take measures to make all public transport vehicles easily accessible, build barrier free disabled friendly toilets for wheel chair users, cause curb cuts and slopes to be made on pavements for the easy access of wheel chair users, engrave on the surface of the zebra crossings for the blind or for persons with low vision and also install auditory signals at the signal lights for the benefit of visually handicapped. These measures will go a long way in making the lives of persons with disabilities more comfortable and enable mobility and also encourage self-dependence. But when are these things are going to happen? The Government, public and all the people at large should make a positive pro-active effort in this direction to create barrier free environment.

The Education Department in Karnataka under the Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan Scheme has provided ramps in 25% primary and secondary schools and public schools to create barrier free access to children with disabilities.

The newly built Vikasa Soudha which houses the administrative offices of several departments has been made barrier free. Ramps, railings, barrier free toilets, auditory signals in lifts are provided in this building

The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has come forward to assist the Bangalore University/Gulbarga University to create barrier free environment in its campus.

Ramps are provided at Vidhana Soudha, the High Court of Karnataka, Multistoried building and many other public places are made disabled friendly.

The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, Coles Park at Frazer Town has been made barrier free accessible with assistance from Pro-Vision Asia and Kili Kili. This park is a model disabled Friendly Park in Bangalore.

This office has sensitized the officers of the Department of Museums and Archeology to make the Museums disabled friendly and accessible.

This office has participated in the Bangalore Metro Corridor Planning meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka and sensitized to make the Bangalore Metro Rail Project disabled friendly and accessible.

The Public Works Department has allocated 9.1 Crores budget to provide barrier free environment in Public Offices and Public places in Karnataka during 2010-11. The Govt. of Karnataka has issued a circular regarding Sec 46 of the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 to provide ramps, buildings, Braille symbols, auditory signals in lift, disabled friendly toilet, tactile flooring etc., to ensure non-discrimination in the built environment in the public places.