India is a small country with huge population and lack of infrastructure. Although it has come a long way in terms of education, sports, politics and women empowerment, India is still far from becoming a developed country in terms of its infrastructure. People always face trouble while walking on the streets, traveling by bus or train, waiting for moving tickets outside local theaters, and any other day to day activities. When it comes to the life of disabled people, they obviously need more space to participate in such activities. Hence, it is needless to conclude here that disabled people have a hard time living in India.
From time to time Indian governments have come up with several attempts to improve the situation. But still, the large part of India is unavailable to disabled people. Be it roads, bridges, hospitals, colleges, offices or even garden – these people can’t visit such places without any help of others. The buildings should be equipped as per their disability.
The work of increasing availability and building a more inclusive India has started. You have to acknowledge, applaud and encourage these thoughtful attempts. Awareness is increasing. Some monuments, railway stations, offices, and colleges have become disabled friendly.
Here are five monuments which are accessible to the disabled people of India
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, Bangalore
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace became disabled friendly in 2015. It spent 7 lakh rupees to make some improvements so that it can become accessible to every tourist. Now, it has a Braille brochure. This brochure is offered to the visually impaired tourists. It will guide them everywhere from the starting to the toilet. This palace is ready to invite and host people from all over the world with any disability.
Sanchi Stupa, Bhopal
Sanchi Stupa is a popular monument which became accessible to disable people recently. There is a tactile walkway which accessible to even blind people. They will get information plaques in Braille. People can walk in the barrier-free pathway through their wheelchair. The palace has become successful in inviting everyone. People with disabilities will receive beepers and a Braille map. These things will ensure their protection every time. The people hired as staff members and guides are all trained. They sensitize to the requirements of the disabled people.
Lakshmana Temple, Chhattisgarh
The Lakshmana temple made several attempts to make sure that all the tourists get a chance to take a glance at the monument. Hence, it recently came up with tactile pathway and Braille sign boards. Previously, people with disabilities had a hard time getting a glance of the monument. Now, they are able to feel its beauty through the written words. People are able to walk around the monument more freely and without any hindrance.
Taj Mahal, Agra
Taj Mahal is still not completely accessible. However, the efforts are continuously made to make a disabled-friendly monument. People can’t climb through wheelchairs on the main mausoleum. The monument possesses 9 ramps. It comes with optimal gradient installed at several places in the complex. The monument also possesses several wheelchairs for physically challenged people. The place receives more than 25 disabled visitors every day.
Fatehpur Sikri received the most disabled-friendly monument award in India in 2013. It is available to everyone and is popular because of its infrastructure. You will see a defined route, special toilets, ramps, and Braille sign boards for help. You will also see special ticket counters and dedicated parking area.
Other than these five monuments, Belur, Halebidu, Lucknow Residency, Chitradurga Fort and Shravanabelagola are making attempts to improve their infrastructure.
These small attempts by Indian residents are inspiring and encouraging everyone. It will help every Indian to walk more freely and confidently.