Persons with disabilities, particularly the orthopaedically and visually challenged, can hope for a smoother path to their point of access for rehabilitation measures and vocational training programmes, thanks to work commencing on a new access road to the district differently abled welfare office.
The approach path to the welfare office situated in the rear end of the district court premises compounded the commuting woes of persons with disabilities who visit the office regularly for updates on schemes, for redressing grievances, and for information on educational and employment opportunities. The beaten tracks leading to the office, ridden with potholes, offer a bumpy ride to both specially modified transport vehicles and pedestrians. Making it to the welfare office was a nightmarish experience after a spell of rain and during the monsoons, especially to persons supported by crutches and wheelchairs.
A direct access road from near the sub-registrar’s office to the welfare office was announced a year back, but did not materialise owing to various reasons. The land required for the road falling under the domain of the revenue department, posed further delay in acquisition. Another approach road was in danger of being completely blocked with the construction of the new court complex. With the revenue department now giving the thumbs up sign, the bumpy track has been levelled now, said R.Shyamala, differently abled welfare officer.
Official sources in the public works department, confirmed that Rs.9 lakh has been sanctioned for laying the road. Work on the road was halted fearing interruption due to monsoons but is set to commence again with no imminent threat of rains, the official said. The road is expected to ready in three months. If completed, the road would offer persons with disabilities direct access from the main road to the complex, without passing through the court, said Ms.Shyamala.