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New building code for the first time will focus on access for the disabled and elderly

The new National Building code (NBC) will now give importance to making urban sites and buildings 'accessible' and 'barrier free' for the aged and people with disabilities.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Environment strongly wishes to make accessibility a central area in the draft code, as a large number of buildings and public spaces in India do not have friendly accessibility options for the disabled. About 2.68 crore people with disabilities will benefit from the new building code.

NBC is part of the Bureau of Indian Standards and its recommendations do not have to strictly followed. But it generally sets a national standard for the real estate industry and the code is implemented by the state and local bodies.

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