HC Orders Disability Access Audit Of All Airports

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SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has ordered a disability access audit of the three airports in the state.  

“There has been one more aspect which has been overlooked in this Public Interest Litigation which relates to the disability access audit of the airports in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Basic facilities as ambu lifts, tactile markings, toilets for those with special needs are not available,” a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mital and Justice Tashi Rabstan said.

“We direct the Airport Directors, Srinagar, Jammu as well as Leh and the Airport Authority of India to coordinate with “M/s Nipman Foundation” (who is assisting the issues relating to disability in another PIL) and cause a disability access audit of the three airports to be undertaken,” the court said. Recommendation be obtained so that all the three airports are made completely accessible to the differently abled, the court said.

“The Airport Authority of India shall ensure that all measures as are essential for enabling access to the airports as well as aircrafts and all other facilities are provided at the airports,” the court ordered further.

“The Airport Authority of India shall be responsible for ensuring and meeting expenses of all necessary facilities including accommodation and travel of Mr Nipun Malhotra, his attendants and representatives of Nipman Foundation,” the court added.

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