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Resource id #4 Beautification takes precedence over access at Delhi University library - Volume 4 Issue 4: Disability News and Information Service for India

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Volume 4 Issue 4 - February 15, 2006

Beautification takes precedence over access at Delhi University library

D.N.I.S. News Network – In a sheer display of ignorance and adamance, the Delhi University administration continues to ignore the demand to make its educational infrastructure accessible for disabled people.

Things have come to such a low that even the existing structures are being turned into virtual fortress (read inaccessible) in the name of beautification. A spate of media reports in past few weeks has brought into focus the reconstruction work that is being undertaken.

Let alone the Disability Act 1995 that makes access features mandatory, even the library rules state that the way to it should be barrier-free for quick movement in case of an emergency.

“The main entrance of the Arts Faculty campus is so small that only a small car can enter and after a small distance there are pillars blocking the way. We are planning to lodge a complaint in this case very soon,” President of Delhi University Students’ Union Ragini Nayak was quoted as saying.

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