Chandigarh adviser orders removal of makeshift ramp from office

The ramp had been set up by Rai’s predecessor Vijay Kumar Dev to give disabled visitors access to the office.

Written by Vinod Kumar | Chandigarh | Published:March 21, 2016 8:01 am
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The first order Parimal Rai issued after joining as the 16th Chandigarh adviser was to remove the makeshift wooden ramp on the staircase outside his office at Chandigarh Secretariat in Sector 9.

The order, within minutes of Rai’s joining, was said to have been issued because of its inconvenient placement. But with that first decision, Rai unwittingly highlighted one of the most glaring drawbacks of this otherwise modern city that is now aiming to be “smart” — most of its buildings and public spaces including markets and gardens are inaccessible and lack facilities for the disabled.

The Chandigarh secretariat building does have ramps, toilets and lifts for the disabled, but the adviser’s office, which is located on the mezzanine between the first and second floors, is inaccessible to anyone who cannot climb stairs. However, according to sources, the wooden ramp was removed to make way for a permanent plank at Rai’s office.

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The ramp had been set up by Rai’s predecessor Vijay Kumar Dev to give disabled visitors access to the office. It was installed following a request by physical challenged Harman Sidhu, president of Arrive Safe, an NGO on road safety, who had gone to meet Dev in January 2015. Harman Sidhu, who uses a wheelchair, criticised Rai’s decision to dismantle the ramp as “insensitive” to the needs of people with special needs.“The ramp was

“The ramp was setup within a day after I requested the former adviser,” informed Sidhu. If the new adviser was planning to construct a permanent ramp, said Sidhu, he should not have removed this one till the new one was constructed.

The ramp had been set up by Rai’s predecessor Vijay Kumar Dev to give disabled visitors access to the office. It was installed following a request by physical challenged Harman Sidhu, president of Arrive Safe, an NGO on road safety, who had gone to meet Dev in January 2015. Harman Sidhu, who uses a wheelchair, criticised Rai’s decision to dismantle the ramp as “insensitive” to the needs of people with special needs.“The ramp was setup within a day after I requested the former adviser,” informed Sidhu. If the new adviser was planning to construct a permanent ramp, said Sidhu, he should not have removed this one till the new one was constructed.

The Deputy Commissioner’s Office in Sector 17 has no toilets or warning signages for people with special needs.Mitinder Singh Sekhon, father of 24-year-old physically challenged Abhimanyu Sekhon, terms Chandigarh as a disabled unfriendly city. “The city lacks in disabled friendly, barrier-free environment. Markets, schools, government offices are not disabled friendly,” |

Mitinder Singh Sekhon, father of 24-year-old physically challenged Abhimanyu Sekhon, terms Chandigarh as a disabled unfriendly city. “The city lacks in disabled friendly, barrier-free environment. Markets, schools, government offices are not disabled friendly,” |
said Sekhon.

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