Most of the suburban stations under Central Railway are expected to be made disabled-friendly by this year end.
The Central Railway submitted an affidavit before the Bombay High Court on Tuesday stating that facilities like low-height booking windows, low-height water taps and signages would be made available in most stations by December 31.
“At least one low-height booking window is being provided at all suburban stations in a phased manner. Completion of work at 71 stations out of 76 suburban stations is targeted by December 31, 2015,” says the affidavit of Central Railway.
Similarly, provision of low-height water taps at all suburban stations is also expected to be provided by this year end. Proper signages will also be installed at stations. The HC has sought further information on providing audio-visual signals at stations.
“At Kelavli, Dolavali, Lowji stations, only single booking window is provided. These windows will also be modified and made disabled friendly by March 31, 2016,” the affidavit further stated.
With regard to water taps at two stations of Masjid and Cotton Green, the existing water taps will be made accessible and usable for wheel chaired passengers as well as normal passengers. The Central Railway has said that in places where work has been completed, the same will be examined and any deficiency will be rectified. The Western Railway had earlier agreed to comply to providing all such facilities earlier.
“Due to some technical aspects in tendering systems or due to certain unavoidable circumstances and fund constraints work may get delayed. Efforts, however, will be taken to adhere to the target,” says the affidavit.
During an earlier hearing, the Central Railway had said that providing low height booking counters was not desirable as it inconveniences normal passengers.
The HC was acting on a a bunch of petitions, one of which was seeking railways’ indulgence in providing facilitates for the differently-abled. The matter has been kept on February 26, for directions.