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Mumbai to have disabled-friendly Development Plan

The new development plan for the city aims at making Mumbai disabled-friendly. This means all common areas and facilities intended for the general public should be ‘accessible’ for the physically-challenged too.

Stating that buildings will have to provide at least one door at their main entrance that the disabled can access, the plan includes residential and office buildings, hotels, restaurants, eateries, schools, colleges, universities, student hostels, dormitories, dharmashalas, hospitals, clinics, dispensaries, maternity set-ups, nursing homes, old-age homes, welfare centres, markets, factories, workshops, industrial units, shops, shopping complexes and malls.

The buildings will have to be designed in such way that there are fire and emergency exits for the disabled. There must also be in place handrails and grab bars on both sides of ramps and staircases.

As per the development plan, open spaces, zoos, sports complexes, swimming pools, theatres, public transport stations, passenger terminals, taxi and autorickshaw stands, bus shelters and vehicle parking lots must be made accessible to the physically-challenged, along with accessible toilet and drinking water facilities at all these places. Other places under recreational zones include ATM booths, banks and post offices.

At least one continuous unobstructed accessible route or path of travel shall be provided, which connects all accessible elements and spaces in a building or facility for a person with disability. An accessible route shall be provided from public transportation stops, parking spaces, passenger loading zones and streets or sidewalks to the accessible building entrances and lifts.wheelchair170814

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