Maintain tactile paths on city pavements on major scale, court tells Delhi government

In a major step towards accessibility for the blind, the Delhi High Court has said that maintenance of tactile paths on city pavements should be done on a war footing so that the new facilities can be accessed by the visually impaired.

A High Court bench has said that the Delhi government and the municipal corporation departments should make the south and north campuses of Delhi University disabled friendly as a pilot project.

The court has asked senior officials physically inspect the spot and prepare an action plan to ensure immediate steps.

"Continuity of tactile marks on pavements should ensure easy navigation by any persons, especially visually impaired" - Delhi High Court

Barriers for the disabled created by potholes, poles and shopping places on pavements in the north campus has led the court to take action against civic officials for criminal negligence.

It said that it was extremely distressing that the tactile markings on the pavements were full of obstructions like including pillars, hoardings and signboards.

The court made these observations during the hearing of a PIL by a student of Delhi University, Himanshu Goswami, who has sought removal of encroachments and maintaining of tactile pavements in the Capital. He said this was necessary so the blind can move around freely and without any obstruction.

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