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Mah lauded for fast-tracking initiative of making buildings ‘accessible’

Access audit of a total of 180 Government buildings in 4 major cities of Maharashtra done. Proposals for making 142 buildings accessible sent.

Maharashtra lauded for fast-tracking initiative of making buildings ‘accessible’

Access audit of a total of 180 Government buildings in four major cities of Maharashtra done

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed on Dec 3. On this day, Maharashtra was recognized for the way it has been implementing Sugamay Bharat Abhiyan. A release by the PIB, says that he state has received the National Award for Institutional Empowerment 2022 under the category ‘Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan Ke Karyanvayan / Badhamukta Vatavaran Ke Srijan Mein Sarvshrestha Rajya’, at a function to celebrate “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”, held in New Delhi on Dec 3. 

 What constitutes an accessible building?

An accessible government building is one, where persons with disabilities have no barrier in entering it and using all the facilities therein. This covers the built environment – services, steps and ramps, corridors, entry gates, emergency exits, parking – as well as indoor and outdoor facilities including lighting, signages, alarm systems and toilets.

What has Mah done till date?

·       Access audit of a total of 180 Government buildings in four major cities of Maharashtra.

·       Of these 180, proposals for making 142 buildings accessible have been sent.

·       Of the remaining 38 buildings, the building plan and estimate for 15 buildings has been submitted.

·       Retrofitting work has completed in 137 buildings

·       Out of funds amounting to ₹21.67 crore, utilization certificate for ₹19.30 crore has been sent to the Central Government.

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