Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said all existing government buildings would be made disabled-friendly and new ones would be constructed in a manner that they promote a barrier-free environment.

Speaking at a function organised at her residence by the International Society for Human Welfare and Rehabilitation (ISHWAR) to mark World Disabled Day, the Chief Minister said all pavements in Delhi would also be made disabled friendly so that people with disability are able to move with ease.

Ms. Dikshit, who distributed wheelchairs and modern wheeled walkers to over 40 disabled persons, pointed out that the public transport in the city was also being made disabled-friendly.

While the Delhi Metro rail conforms to international standards and provides easy access and movement to the disabled too, the low-floor buses that the Delhi Transport Corporation is purchasing have also been provided with disabled-friendly features to ensure easy movement to the physically challenged.

Moreover, Ms. Dikshit said, toilets in government buildings are also being made disabled-friendly.

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