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Include disability access, MCD urged

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Activists seek involvement in preparing new building by-laws

NEW DELHI: Worried about lack of attention to the issue of disability in the recently released draft of new building by-laws, the National Centre for Promotion of Employment For Disabled People has sent out a set of recommendations to the Municipal Commission of Delhi.

"The new building by-laws could have been a moment of optimism for persons with disabilities and other stakeholders who have been fighting for making the city landscape more accessible. But instead it has turned into a moment of anxiety as the issue of access finds only a single line mention in the draft,'' claimed the executive director of NCPEDP, Javed Abidi.

The recommendations include that the preamble and definitions of the new by-laws should include "Disability Access", "Barrier-Free Environment for Disabled People" and "Universal Design".

Also, the minimum performance standards and specifications that are being developed for the buildings should include "Disability Access" as one of the key requirements that buildings have to comply with.

"The planning by-laws pertaining to land use and density, height and setback of buildings and parking requirement must also take into account the needs of persons with disability."

Disability rights activists also argue that since the new building by-laws rely on professional certification, the architects and construction engineers on MCD records should have a thorough knowledge on disability access and universal design.

A course in the same has also been suggested. It has also been recommended that one of the minimum qualification requirements for the professions to be listed on MCD record should be knowledge on disability access and barrier-free environment.

Finally, they have also asked for experts in the field of disability access to be involved in the preparation of the new building by-laws.

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