Learn from the London Metro to make the Delhi Metro disabled-friendly, says top court

Take inspiration from the London Metro. That was the message from the Delhi High Court that has asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to take lessons from the London Tube to make its stations accessible to disabled people.

The High Court bench told the DMRC that the London Transport Department has made access to and from its Tube stations step free. It wants the DMRC to do the same in Delhi.

The court also said that the transport department in London has made sure that there is step-free access to buses and cabs. In contrast, the Delhi government has not even been able to provide 10,000 low-floor buses in the past 20 years.

The court asked the DMRC to look at schemes in places like London and other parts of the world to ensure wheelchair access and methods to avoid stairs.

The court was hearing a PIL by disability rights activist, Nipun Malhotra, who has a locomotor disability. Malhotra has filed a PIL saying that most public facilities in the Capital were not disabled-friendly.

Malhotra has sought directions to make the capital's roads, government offices and public transport friendly for disabled people.

The court has asked the Delhi government to train each and everyone of their officials to ensure they are sensitive to the needs of disabled persons.

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