Deepa H. Ramakrishnan
CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation will lay specially designed tiles with long grooves on pavements near schools for the visually impaired. The yellow tiles would enable the visually impaired to get a firm grip for their white canes.
Mayor M. Subramanian told The Hindu that the civic body would hold discussions with the school managements and find out where the students board buses and fix such tiles in those locations.
“There are schools in Adyar, G.N.Chetty Road and Mylapore for the visually impaired. We will also look at other educational institutions that have such students,” he said.
The civic body is just completing work on laying the tiles for a length of 183 m on the footpath in front of the Moore Market ticket-booking complex of the Central Station at a cost of Rs.5.3 lakh. The tiles are being laid after the completion of stormwater drain in the area at a cost of Rs.12 lakh.
The Corporation had embarked upon a plan to create a model footpath in the vicinity of Ripon Building. In February this year, it had laid 70 m of tiles at a cost of Rs.3.3 lakh. After this, work on Sydenhams Road for a length of 310 m at a cost of Rs.9.1 lakh and in front of Victoria Public Hall for a length of 90 m at a cost of Rs.4.20 lakh was also taken up.