Accessibility March 28, 2018
Free, battery car service started for elderly & disabled people in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
The district administration of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu has started a free, battery-operated, four-wheeler service from the Kokkirakulam bus stop to the Tirunelveli Collectorate. This is to help disabled people and the elderly.
The distance is only about 500 meters, but District Collector Sandeep Nanduri said it would be of great help to people who find it hard to come to the Collectorate in the heavy traffic.
Every Monday, about 1,200 people come to the Collectorate for the weekly grievances meeting. On other days of the week, more than 200 people come. Many of them include elderly and disabled people.
On one occasion, a well-to-do person noticed the difficulties faced by the disabled people and elderly and anonymously donated Rs 5.5 lakh to buy, operate, and maintain a battery-operated car for their benefit.
The car will initially be operated on Mondays and for the special grievances meeting for disabled people. Based on the response, the service may be extended to other days of the week.
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