Dilli Haat accessible Audit

The ‘Dilli Haat’ – a food & crafts bazaar has emerged as one of Delhi’s most loved urban leisure spaces. Designed to be a public space- it is a platform for showcasing regional crafts and foods of India. The site was reclaimed by covering a storm water drain – the ‘Khushk Nallah’ with a slab. Dilli Haat is a place of celebration; an ever-changing kaleidoscope of crafts and cuisines from different parts of India.

The project was designed for the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) by PSDA Studio and opened in 1994.

Samarthyam worked with DTTDC and PSDA Studio to help retrofit Dilli Haat and make it barrier-free. Key Interventions undertaken included:

  • Levelling of front plaza flooring
  • Demarcated pathway for mobility aid users movement
  • Lowering of ticket counter
  • Merging of level differences with 27 small and big ramps with handrails
  • Unisex accessible toilet (the first accessible toilet in a tourist place)

Dilli Haat is the first accessible tourist spot in India and it has received National Award (President’s Award) for Promotion of Barrier Free Environment (BFE) on 3rd December 2005, International World Disability Day.

This project established a template for other such projects including the Dilli Haat at Pitampura, Garden of Five Senses, etc.

Dilli Haat