- Published: 16 May 2023
Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) on Monday said that most of the infrastructure created in Panjim city under the Smart City Mission is not disabled and senior citizen-friendly.
Addressing a press conference in Panaji, DRAG president Avelino de Sa said that it is observed that the core infrastructure elements in Smart City works do not include accessibility for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).
“We are not happy with the work done by the Smart City. A lot of complaints have been received that many places are not accessible for PwDs and we are very much surprised that Smart city is doing such kind of work and not taking PwDs and elderly into account, which account for 10 per cent of the total population,” Avelino de Sa said.
“In Many places you see open gutters, electric poles that were cut have not been removed properly and pavements are not aligned, all these are hindrances to PwDs,” he added.
He informed that DRAG has officially written to the State Disability Commissioner to take cognizance of the issues faced by PwDs.
The DRAG president warned schools and colleges in the State against denying admissions to students with disabilities.
“Last year we received seven complaints stating that schools were not giving them admission, we have taken this matter up with the State Disability Commissioner who has issued orders directing schools to give admission to children with disabilities,” Avelino de Sa said.
Quelle/Source: OHeraldo, 09.05.2023