Volume 6 Issue 2 - July 01, 2009

Semi low floor buses not disabled friendly

D.N.I.S. News Network, India: The Government of Delhi is determined to give the citys public transport system a complete overhaul before the Commonwealth Games. Accordingly, it decided to include low floor buses in its fleet - a move that was welcomed by disabled rights groups across the city.

But the two manufacturers of low floor buses, Ashok Leyland and Tata Motors have not been able to deliver the buses on time. Following which the Government this month, decided to procure almost 1000 semi low floor buses.

Both low floor and semi low floor buses have almost the same features, the only difference being the height of the first step from the ground. The first step of a low floor bus is at a height of 390 m.m. from the ground as opposed to 650 m.m. for a semi low floor bus.

Though the semi low floor buses have solved the Governments problem, it will be a major road block in making public transport accessible. Sanjeevani, an N.G.O. working with people with disabilities, has written to the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit requesting to make the entire fleet of 5000 buses low floor.

It would be in conformity with the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 and centres decision to make all future infrastructure user and people friendly, said Sanjeev Sachdeva of Sanjeevani.

Sheila Dikshit had earlier said that the semi-low floor buses will ply in narrow roads of the capital but according to Sachdeva even low floor buses can ply on narrow roads as they are the same length and breadth as the semi low floor ones.

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