[AI] FW: Article in Economic Times dt 15 may

Kanchan Pamnani kanchanpamnani at gmail.com
Wed May 16 07:27:24 EDT 2018


Government makes differently-abled friendly access features must in all new projects 

The finance ministry has made it mandatory for new projects to include accessibility features and incorporate accessibility costing in the total project cost when proposals are sent for expenditure finance committee approvals to make them differently-abled friendly. 

The department of expenditure has directed all ministries to include “special measures proposed to meet needs of persons with disabilities, including accessibility requirements under the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act” in new construction projects. 
The measures would be included in all inter-ministerial consultation notes and in the final expenditure finance committee (EFC) note. In the format of EFC notes for appraisal of schemes, the department of expenditure amended its earlier guidelines to include an additional para. 

This comes into immediate effect. The ministries/ departments are requested to accordingly circulate EFC memos for inter-ministerial consultations after incorporating measures to meet needs of persons with disabilities,” the amended guidline directed. 

The department of empowerment of persons with disabilities (DEPwD) has been pushing for this inclusion for some time. Speaking to ET, DEPwD joint secretary Dolly Chakraborty said, “Any new construction project – like a flyover where pedestrian crossings are being planned or overbridges or a new government building – would now have in-built accessibility features. Harmonised guidelines have been issued to have common features. Now it would be mandatory to include these within the planning stage.” .. 

This, Chakraborty said, would help to make physical environment more accessible as retrofitting later has always been a financial and design challenge. 




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