30 June is the deadline to finish accessibility audit of buildings in New Delhi

In a massive exercise, the Public Works Department of the Delhi government will carry out an audit of all the government buildings under its charge to find out their accessibility to people with disabilities.

The department has set a deadline of auditing buildings by 30 June 2018. Once the audit is done, work will be undertaken to make sure they are accessible to people with disabilities.

The department is responsible for the construction of Delhi government buildings in Delhi, including offices, hospitals, schools, among others.

This is after the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court issued directions in this regard.

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, says that all private and government institutions and establishments must ensure barrier-free spaces and services for disabled people.

Last week, the disability division of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had asked for information from various departments of the Delhi government and local bodies regarding how many public buildings and places under their jurisdiction were accessible.

At the meeting it was decided that all buildings are to be audited for providing full accessibility. This work has to be completed by 30 June. It also said that all buildings and roads must be made fully accessible by the end of 2018.

In Delhi, 23 buildings have been identified for making them accessible to disabled people. The Centre has released funds for 19 of those, based on proposals from the Delhi government.

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