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Tourist spots in Kerala to become disabled friendly

Soon the disabled will enjoy barrierfree access to over 100 tourist destinations and 25 guest houses in Kerala.

The Kerala Tourism Department has allocated Rs 9.7 crore to the first phase of the Barrier Free project.

Barrier-free spaces will be created in all tourist public areas in the state.

The project will bring in structural changes and addition of facilities in the tourism infrastructure to make it inclusive. The aim is to convert all public spaces connected with tourism into disabled-friendly zones.

The Barrier Free project was first implemented in Kannur. The town has become the first district in India to become disabled-friendly.

Last year, Kerala received 10.38 lakh global tourists and 1.31 crore domestic tourists. Around 3% of the tourists who were disabled and another 10% who were elderly, faced access barriers.

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