Volume 3 Issue 14 - July 15, 2005
National Urban Transport Policy to come up for Cabinet discussion
DNIS News Network - Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation will present an ambitious National Urban Transport Policy draft for discussion and approval before the Union Cabinet later this month.
State Chief Ministers had already given their inputs on the draft of the policy at a meeting last month. The content and finer details of the proposed National Policy will only emerge after it comes up for discussion at the Cabinet meeting, but Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad did come up with broad highlights during an interaction with the media.
The issue of access for disabled people and aged did not figure, at least during this recounting of highlights of the Policy by the Minister. And if the issue has been or is neglected by the Ministry, the nation would lose out on an opportunity to get this policy to address the issue of accessibility for people with disability.
Further, considering that transport is a state subject, the incorporation of the issue of access in the National Policy will allow the government to address the issue in a single go and cut short the need to take up the issue with each State individually.
According to an official release, the objective of the Policy is to ensure safe, affordable, comfortable, quick, reliable and sustainable access to residents of cities seeking jobs, education, recreation, etc.
The draft Policy seeks to bring about a more equitable use of road space with people and not vehicles as the focus. It suggests a unified transport authority for all cities having a population over 10 lakh. The policy will make it mandatory for developers to provide parking facilities while constructing residential or commercial structures. It will entail building expressways around cities and dedicated terminals for trucks to reduce traffic burden in cities.
The Policy envisages that each city must have an integrated master plan, which includes planning of urban transport systems. In developing such plans, attention had to be paid to channelise the future growth of a city around a pre-planned transport network, rather than develop a transport system after uncontrolled development had taken place. Among other things, the Policy will encourage integrated land use and transport planning simultaneously, so that transport needs is incorporated in the master plans of all the cities.
If inclusion / mainstreaming / equal opportunities are to be achieved for persons with disability, it is imperative that transport system is made accessible. Current transport system, buses, railways, even cars are inaccessible for persons with disabilities.
DNIS is produced and managed by:
National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People
Screening Guidelines to be followed by CISF Security Staff for Passengers with Disabilities at Indian Airports
Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill
Mental Health Care Bill
CRPD Monitoring Report
20 Stories of Change(book)
- List of Awardees 2015 :NCPEDP MPHASIS Universal Design Awards (2.7 MB)
- List of Awardees 2014 :NCPEDP MPHASIS Universal Design Awards (1 MB)
- List of Awardees 2013 :NCPEDP MPHASIS Universal Design Awards (1.44 MB)
- List of Awardees 2012 :NCPEDP MPHASIS Universal Design Awards (804 KB)
- List of Awardees 2011 :NCPEDP MPHASIS Universal Design Awards (864 KB)
- List of Awardees 2010 :NCPEDP MPHASIS Universal Design Awards (623 KB)
SHELL HELEN KELLER AWARDS
NCPEDP-Shell Helen Keller Awardees 2013
- Disability activist Javed Abidi nominated to Central Advisory Board of Education (C.A.B.E.)
- Ministry of Social Justice makes mockery of selection process of National Trustâ€™s Chairperson
- Disabled invitees stranded at Social Justice Ministryâ€™s event
- Petroleum Minister summons GAIL CMD on illegal terminations of four disabled employees
- National Policy for Persons with Disabilities to be announced soon: Meira Kumar
- Pioneering effort to reach disabled people in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
- N.C.P.E.D.P. calls for changes in Draft Delhi Master Plan to make Capital disabled friendly
- New strands of polio virus found in India and Indonesia
- Disability sector meeting in Mumbai focusses on failure to implement The Disability Act
- National Urban Transport Policy to come up for Cabinet discussion
- EC fails to make Goa bye-poll disabled-friendly; Disability groups may file contempt
- D.U. fails again; Number of disabled applicants much below total quota seats
- Huge costs for parents of disabled children: U.K. Study
- South Zone Partners commit to strengthen National Disability Network
Disability News and Information Service is produced and managed by: