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International airports in India to be checked for accessibility

Twenty-two international airports in India will soon be audited to check if they are friendly for people with disabilities.

This is the first time a check is being done at international airport terminals to study the barriers that make travel inconvenient for people with disabilities.

Major airports to be modified so they are accessible

This is part of the government's Accessible India campaign aimed at achieving universal accessibility. Airports will be evaluated for width of doorways, ramps, tactile flooring, adaptation of toilets for wheelchair users, braille symbols and auditory signals in elevators.

An airport will be considered accessible only if people with disabilities face no barrier in entry and are able to use all facilities, including for boarding and getting off from flights.

After international airports, domestic will also be checked.

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