Just 3% of public buildings are accessible in India, says report

In 2015, the Accessible India campaign was launched by the central government.

The aim was to create better facilities and infrastructure for disabled people in India.

One of the main initiatives of the Accessible India campaign was to make public buildings accessible for disabled people.

Accessibility audits were carried out across the country to identify public buildings where necessary alterations were to be made.

Two years on, not even half of the work has been completed. In fact, only 3% of buildings have been made accessible so Far.

As per reports, of the 1,662 public buildings across 50 cities in India, around 52 have undergone the modifications for accessibility.

Chandigarh has made the best efforts of all the cities. It has made 43 buildings accessible, followed by Bhubaneswar with seven buildings.

These are the only two cities to have completed the accessibility audit of public buildings so far.

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) has been given the responsibility for releasing the funds for making buildings accessible.

When a state government identifies the buildings after an accessibility audit, it has to send proposals to DEPwD.

Three states have not even responded to the DEPwD. These are Tripura, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

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