To Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild a new world to empower and enable every soul and to be able to contribute to the development of the nation. I strongly believe that an accessible and inclusive environment can provide that impetus.
Since my childhood I had two passions. One-to break the glass ceiling in the steel, oil and gas industry - which I achieved long time back and the passion I strive for today is accessibility.
- Why must we rebuild?
- Does the world as we know today not address our varied needs?
- Needs of being independent,
- Needs of making our own choices,
- Needs of reiterating our self worth,
- Needs of being a contributing member of the society,
- Needs of an aging body!
- Needs of an enabling and safe environment to participate in society on equal basis!
- 'If together WE can' then how come so many of us are not a part of that ‘WE’.
- The only way We can, is by ensuring that the built infrastructure is accessible and inclusive
Believe me it is an inaccessible and hostile world out there! Stepping out of the house, Accessing education, Seeking employment, Leisure! Travelling every time is a challenge for our public transportation systems are completely inaccessible. The cities today are growing vertically. Elders and those experiencing disabilities face problems climbing stairs in the absence of elevators. All buildings must address this issue.
Travelling every time is a challenge - can you imagine that every time I have to fly, I need to sign an indemnity bond. But then it is not about me, it’s about 90% of my fellow travellers who travel by train or public transportation systems which are completely inaccessible. The cities today are growing vertically. Elders and those experiencing disabilities face problems climbing stairs in the absence of elevators. All buildings must address this issue.
I urge the city planners to develop an accessible pedestrian infrastructure which would encourage people to walk short distances. This would not only help in reducing the carbon footprint, but also ease pressure on public transport. If New York can, so can New Delhi.
We at Svayam have worked with NDMC to make public conveniences and side walks accessible, with ASI world heritage sites are being made accessible and DTC the Bus Q shelters. I am proud to say that today Delhi can boast of having India’s first and only accessible World Heritage site- Qutub Minar. It did take us 2 and half years but a beginning was made.
I believe in the human spirit of adaptability so much so, that we take discrimination by design in the built infrastructure in a stride…..Should this spirit of adaptability lead us into thinking that something is lacking in us or lead towards a change in man made built environment?
Let’s work together towards an enabling environment that will empower each one of us.
TOGETHER WE CAN!!