At least 50 monuments across India would soon be made accessible to differently-abled people.
The government is planning to provide solar wheelchairs, battery-driven carts and special toilets among other facilities so as to make the places friendlier for people who are physically disabled.
At present the government plans to set up these facilities at 145 cultural wonders such as the Taj Mahal in Agra and Jagannath Temple at Puri. The ambitious move was launched under government’s “Accessible India Campaign” (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan
) where they seek to make at least 50 per cent of all government buildings in all state capitals “fully accessible” by July 2018.
The government has chosen sites with highest footfall and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has already identified 50 such ancient sites for the initial phase of the plan.
The list includes historical sites like Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Maharashtra, Qutub Complex and Red Fort in Delhi, Ranthambore Fort and Brahma Temple in Rajastan, Group of Monuments in Hampi, Karnataka and Konark Sun Temple in Odisha.
But ASI has made it clear that the upgrade to these archaeological sites will not be uniform and each of them would be assessed first.
Further, all the facilities would be created without modifying the actual structures of the monuments. The government plans to involve attendants at some of these archaeological sites so that they can assist the disabled people around the place.