Railways Cites Disabled Data, Activist Unimpressed


Railways Cites Disabled Data, Activist Unimpressed

The railways on Wednesday released data on work done to make train services more accessible to the disabled, responding to queries from The Telegraph to minister Piyush Goyal after a protest by rights activists against inaction on deadlines.

The reply, emailed by railway spokesperson Sheyphali B. Saran, says: “There are 709 stations falling in ‘A-1’, ‘A’ & ‘B’ categories on Indian Railways, out of which 644 stations have been provided with all (seven) short-term facilities and 624 stations have been provided with (two) long-term facilities.”

Short-term facilities include ramps for barrier-free entry, at least one toilet on the ground floor, at least one drinking water tap suitable for use by differently-abled people, appropriate signages, non-slippery walkway from the parking lot to the station building, earmarking at least two parking lots, and assistance booths Read More…

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