Kerala gears up to make all tourist destinations disabled friendly!
In India, disabled tourists often find it difficult to access many prominent tourist destinations due to lack of accessibility. Most of them even lack wheelchair ramps and accessible toilets. But Kerala is gearing up for something different. This southern state is all set to become a 100% accessible tourist destination!
The government of Kerala has announced the Barrier Free Kerala Tourism project which will kick-start from this year onwards. According to officials, all the tourist locations in the state will be made accessible by 2021. All the existing as well as upcoming tourist destinations will also be made disabled friendly.
The government has already sanctioned nine crore rupees to make 126 tourist destinations across the state accessible to disabled tourists by this year end.
An official from Kerala tourism said that the state hosts more than 1 crore Indian tourists and 1 million international tourists every year. Out of this, one percent consists of disabled people. They often find it difficult to access places due to various barriers. The government aims at removing these barriers for disabled tourists to make their vacation lovely.
The project was inaugurated on 27 June by Kadakkampally Surendran who is the minister for Kerala Tourism.
Kerala is one of the world's most sought after tourist destinations. With this new venture of the government, more disabled people can visit the state and enjoy the beauty of plush greens and beautiful backwaters.