Volume 2 Issue 10 - May 15, 2004

Delhi authorities claim to ramp up access issue

DNIS News Network -- Following the Supreme Court directive on April 19, Delhi's civic authorities are claiming to be on full alert to ensure ramps are provided at polling stations across the state capital.

Picture of a mud ramp which is supposed to provide access to polling stations.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi is reported to be building a total of 8,689 ramps, which should ensure that more than 90% of the city's polling booths are accessible by physically challenged voters.

The estimated cost of the ramps at about Rs 20-25 lakh is a small price to pay to ensure true democracy is available to all, but it is money that would not have been made available without the directive given in court.

However, it is not deemed possible to install ramps at all polling stations. Officials say certain areas, such as the walled city with its narrow alleys, offer no scope for improved access.

Despite this, the attitude certainly seems to be more positive than previously: "We now hope that physically challenged people will come out in large numbers to exercise their franchise," commented one official.

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