Everyone should be able to fully participate within society, and built environment accessibility plays a crucial role in achieving this goal. An access audit is one of the first of many steps that can help to improve accessibility of the built environment.
Svayam has conducted the following access audits.
Audit of Humayun's Tomb
Humayun's Tomb is a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site in Delhi. After Svayam signed a memorandum with ASI to help them make their sites in Delhi, Agra and Goa accessible to begin with, Humayun's Tomb became third site in Delhi to be audited. The detailed report has been submitted to Archaeological Survey of India and is pending implementation. The report highlights the need for improvement of access to the Parking, Entrance, ticketing, main tomb, Toilets, Canteen areas, drinking water, Publication counters and need of uniform signage and mobility equipment to visit the big campus.
Audit of Lal Quila
Lal Quila is another UNCESCO declared World Heritage Site in Delhi. The Audit report is under execution and implemented in part by ASI. It highlights the need of improvement in access to monuments, internal pathways, toilets, canteen areas, drinking water, parking and signage etc.
Audit of Red Fort Parking for ITDC
Svayam conducted audit of Parking Area that has been developed by PWD and ITDC at the request of ITDC. This area was earlier occupied by Indian Army and had many temporary structures. The report is pending with ITDC & ASI for implementation. Major issues relate to accessible pathways, reserved parking lots and accessible toilets.
Audit of Jallian Walla Bagh, Amritsar for ITDC
Svayam carried out a detailed audit of Jalian Walla Bagh, Amritsar on the invitation of ITDC. Report is under execution by ITDC. Major issues relate to accessible internal pathways, parking, public conveniences and access to exhibition etc.
Audit of Inter-State Bus Terminus, Kashmere Gate, New Delhi for DTC
Inter-State Bus Terminus at Kashmere Gate is the oldest and an important Bus Terminus under the Delhi Transport Department. Due to the old building and a large number of buses originating and terminating from here from and to different states of northern India, many concerns related to access needs to be addressed. Common among them are accessible toilets, drinking water, internal accessible walkways, ticketing counters, accessible connectivity with other modes of transports like taxi/auto rickshaw stand, city buses and Delhi Metro. The report is pending consideration of Transport Department, Delhi.
Audit of New DTC Bus Q Shelters
Detailed audit of New Bus Q Shelters by Svayam revealed that the New Bus Q shelters were not accessible from the road or bye-lane as the pathway on which they merged were not supplemented with accessible curb-cuts. Svayam gave a detailed design for making these accessible in this audit report which was later accepted by DTC in toto and their future designs were accordingly amended.
Audit & Execution of Report- Qutab Minar (ASI)
Qutb Minar is the first World Heritage Monument that Svayam audited. Audit Findings were shared with the ASI and after a long persuasion; the monument became the first heritage monuent to be made accessible by ASI with active handholding of Svayam.
Audit of 240 Public Conveniences for New Delhi Municipal Council
Svayam audited 240 Public Conveniences under the NDMC either being run or proposed to be run on PPP Mode. None of the toilet was accessible for the disabled. In its audit report Svayam provided site specific solutions and also a generic standard design. While the standard design was accepted for all the future tenders of the NDMC, the toilet specific audit recommendations are pending with NDMC for implementation.
Audit of Bhikaiji Cama Complex
Svayam conducted an access audit of a Bhikaiji Cama Complex, major district centre and highlighted inaccessibility issues in the media and shared the reports with Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
Audit of Govt. of India Buildings
Svayam signed an MoU with Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India to audit around 64 government buildings across identified cities in the country. The Ministry also invited Svayam to be a part of core committee to harmonize multiple guidelines on barrier free environment prevailing in the country.
Audit of Fatehpur Sikri Group of Monuments
Svayam conducted an access audit of Fatehpur Sikri and shared the access strategies with the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) for making the heritage site inclusive and welcoming for everybody while addressing different demographic needs. ASI implemented the audit recommendations with Svayam handholding the entire process. The access provisions like ramps, signages, accessible toilet units, accessible ticket counters, dedicated parking facility, defined access route etc. make the heritage site of Fatehpur Sikri a well maintained & disabled friendly monument.
Audit of Ajanta & Ellora Caves
To ensure that elderly & persons with disabilities are able to enjoy and appreciate these ancient caves, Svayam joined hands with Archeological Survey of India and conducted an access audit of Ajanta & Ellora Caves.
Audit of Police Stations
Svayam partnered with Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India to undertake access audit of 181 police stations including 11 districts DCPs offices in Delhi.
Audit of Monorail, Mumbai
Svayam undertook an access audit of Mumbai Monorail and highlighted the best practices that have been incorporated in providing accessible transport system.
Audit of Ashoka University
Svayam conducted an access audit of upcoming Ashoka University located in Kundli, Haryana with an objective of making the university campus an inclusive and barrier free learning space.
Audit of O.P Jindal Global University
Svayam conducted an access audit of O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat, Haryana and shared strategies to make the campus environment accessible to all.