The court pointed out that as per a status report filed by the Delhi government, out of 110 foot overbridges, only 36 have mechanised assistance for disabled people like lifts or escalators.
“For those bridges which are not disabled-friendly, make some arrangement,” a bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and justice Subramonium Prasad said while hearing a plea to ensure accessibility to foot overbridges and other public amenities to specially-abled and senior citizens.
As per the petitioner, even where such facilities are available, they are not functional.
The Delhi government counsel assured the court that a survey will be carried out within four months and it would ensure that all 110 foot overbridges under its jurisdiction are made disabled-friendly by installing lifts or constructing ramps, and prayed for time to complete the exercise.
The petition had sought directions to authorities to ensure convenience of and full accessibility to lifts, foot overbridges and other public amenities to specially-abled and senior citizens, and ensure compliance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
“It is pertinent to mention that most of these foot overbridges have been constructed on extremely busy roads and the non-functional state of the elevators and escalators have effectively rendered the persons with disability and the elderly in a state of helplessness as they are unable to access even the roads, which is prima facie violative of the fundamental rights of such citizens,” the plea says.