The Pune Zilla Parishad (ZP) building is all set to unveil facilities for the differently abled after August 15. The work was taken up two years ago,and the barrier-free government building is almost complete. We had set a target of August 15. Although we have completed major repair work,we plan to undertake more to make the building accessible to the disabled with ramps,railings and toilets in place, said ZP CEO Anil Kawde.
Along with the barrier-free building,the district social welfare (DSW) department has also made a provision of Rs 1.63 crore for the disabled to make them financially independent by providing them with small-scale business trades.
The building where work was undertaken by the DSW department is slated to be the first barrier-free government building. DSW official Sanjay Kadam said this will set an example for other public buildings. The obstacle-free building will be showcased as the most disabled-friendly,he said.
Broad doors for wheelchairs,lift till the sixth floor with a liftman,audio clip for giving the details of the buildings are part of the programme, added Kadam. There is a beep machine for the visually impaired at the main entrance and every floor near the elevator so that they can move freely.
Extra wheelchairs at the entrance,braille script boards,parking for the disabled and special days to submit the certificates are also on the cards.
The construction of the building was done keeping in mind the Persons With Disabilities Act,1995,which states that state and Central government offices must provide a barrier-free environment for the disabled. While most of the government offices are still trying to meet this requirement,the ZP building boasts of such facilities.