Court slams obstruction for disabled in Delhi

New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Tuesday censured civic officials for "criminal negligence" over obstructions created by potholes, poles and kiosks on pavements, especially for the disabled, on Delhi University's north campus.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar termed the situation "extremely distressing" and said the tactile markings were "replete with obstructions", including pillars, hoardings and signboards.

"You have tactile markings on pavements till it hits a tree or a pole. How dare you waste taxpayers' money like this?" the court asked and termed the lapse "criminal negligence".

The bench added that the obstructions prohibit access to navigation for any pedestrian, let alone the visually impaired. "If this is what statutory authorities do, how can one blame the citizens." It said all civic bodies must be mindful that the facilities for the disabled were not obstructed in any way.

The bench directed the North Delhi Municipal Corporation to furnish details of the officials who had designed and approved the plans and tenders, selected the contractors and sanctioned payments for the works. It listed the matter for hearing on January 11.

The court was hearing a PIL which alleged that the tactile markings on pavements in the area, especially outside prominent colleges like Hindu College, were obstructed by police posts, bus stops, trees, poles, holes, hoardings and signboards. PTI


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