[AI] Response to the quarries

BHAWANI SHANKAR VERMA bsvermadurg at gmail.com
Wed Jun 23 08:21:35 EDT 2010


the amendment is required on motor vehicle act, where all types of permits 
are given. if a clause regarding disability would be added in this act, it 
will suffice the matter and also will fix a liability to the concerned 
government and operator.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Himanshu Sahu" <sahu.himanshu2010 at gmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 1:08 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] Response to the quarries


Dear Gautam Sir,
very first, thanks a lot for extending your cooperation.
The query was concerned to the West Bengal and especially to Kolkata.
Here I don’t find any uniformity in the public transportation
regarding seats or concession fair for disabled. The state provided
public buses, whose availability is just like a drop in an ocean,
render  pathetic service. And because of that one needs to depend on
private buses
And unfortunately, most of these private buses do not maintain any
regularity. There is no fix stoppage for them, they can stop it
anywhere and even can throw passengers outside of bus in running
condition.

Several newly started buses which are aided by state government even
don’t have disabled seat and seems to have captured frequent routes of
Kolkata.

Buses offering disabled seat are lacking of consistency in identifying
seats. Some have kept it in front and others in backside. Everybody
can imagine the problem a VI would face while locating it.

People already sitting on those seats if don’t show willingness to
leave it, in most cases one would not get support from bus staff.

The horrible scenario compelled me to collect the information about
other metro cities, so that on the basis of observation of data a
sound draft can be prepared and a Public Interest Litigation can be
filed here in high court.

First I went through the PWD act’s section particularly dealing with
accessibility issues but, got disappointment after seeing that nothing
is specified nor directed to the authorities, in fact it’s a kind of
merciful attempt to say something, instead of nothing.

I don’t have any expectation from NGO’s and government bodies in West
Bengal; the only way left is to seek judicial intervention.

Would be thankful to get the views and suggestions of learned members.


On 6/22/10, gautam <gtm.agrawal at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Mr. Himanshu,
>
> Here, I try to address your queries as follows.
>
> 1. So for as the persons with disability act is concerned, it deals
> only with matter of non-discrimination in public transportation.  The
> section 45 of the act, which deals this matter is as follows. "The
> appropriate governments and the Local authorities shall, with in the 
> limits
> of their economic capacity and development, provide for -
>
> a. Installation of auditory signals at red lights in the public roads
> for the benefit of persons with visually handicapped,
> b. Causing curb cuts and slopes to be made in pavements for the easy
> access of wheel chair users.
>
> c. Engraving on the surface of the Zebra Crossing for the blind or for
> persons with low vision,
>
> d. Engraving on the edges of railway flat forms for the blind or
> persons with low vision.
>
> e. Devising appropriate symbols of disability
>
> f. Warning signals at appropriate places".
>
> 2. In this way the active silent in regard with the reservation of
> seats and concession in fare of the public transportation, but most of
> the state governments under their social security schemes, offer such
> benefits to the different classes of their disadvantageous residents and
> persons with disability are also considered among those classes.  But
> these benefits and facilities vairry from one to other state. There are
> no such standard rules so for which equally apply to all the states.
>
> 3. So for my state Karnataka is concerned,  free travel facility has
> been granted to the totally blind persons through out the state in
> ordinary busses of K.S.R.T.C & B.M.T.C. Two seats near to the front door
> have also been reserved for persons with disability.
>
> 4. If you could tell me to which state do you belong?  I may try my
> best to provide you the correct informations about the status of the
> facilities and benefits available to the V.I.P in that particular state.
>
> With due regards,
>
> Gautam Prakash Agarwal
> President,
>
>
> .
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Himanshu Sahu
> Sent: 21 June 2010 14:50
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: Re: [AI] (no subject)
>
> Dear AI members, especially legal experts,
> Posting this message again, if somebody can forward any valuable
> suggestion regarding the issue will be highly  appriciated.
>
> On 6/19/10, Himanshu Sahu <sahu.himanshu2010 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear AI members, especially legal experts,
>> I am in urgent need of the rules framed for disabled people in regard
>> of public transportation issued from state governments  especially for
>> metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai etc.
>> And if somebody can provide the essence of PWD act's section dealing
>> with the measures to be taken by state governments facilitating
>> traveling for disabled people.
>>
>> Actually, the exact concern is that the private buses being run along
>> with the state government's buses are they expected to be complying
>> with the provisions made for disabled passengers such as reserved
>> seat, no fair etc.?
>>
>> Responses will be highly appreciable.
>>
>>
>> --
>> Thanks and regards
>>                    Himanshu Sahu
>> Reach: 09051055000
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