A lot of people are promoting a petition to improve the poor accessibility infrastructure in Mumbai. Nisha Jamvwal, one of the petitioners is trying every possible course of action to turn the attention to the inferior standard of facilities for people with disabilities living in the city.
While speaking to NewzHook recently, Nisha, who is a social entrepreneur, TV anchor, and columnist opened up about the bad experience she had in her last apartment block Casablanca, which is located in an upscale area in Mumbai.
The building society was insensitive towards understanding that a wheelchair user might need to use the lift as a priority. Ignoring her restricted mobility, people continued the 'first come first serve'. This is not the case in nearly every other country. Wheelchair users are more often than not given a priority in such scenarios.
A wheelchair user is always given priority when it comes to using a lift, especially when other options are unavailable.
As a result, a lot of wheelchair users prefer shifting to the United States as the quality of life for them there is relatively better. They get access to special wheelchair parking spaces, broad doors to enter public spaces, accessible lifts and more importantly, restrooms that they can use without any sort of inconvenience.
Given that restrooms are one the most basic requirements, they must be wheelchair accessible, Nisha says.
The petitioners want to mandate special handicap parking, public accessible restrooms, and accessibility cinemas, restaurants, and hotels.
They want to amend policy by encouraging the government to make some changes in the legislation and make wheelchair accessibility an important topic in society. The constructions and infrastructure should soon start for accessible places which will also reduce people fighting for basics like being able to enter railway compartments, aerobridges, narrow doors, and restrooms.
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