Accessible Tourism in Auroville

Since 1998, Samarthyam has been promoting Accessible Tourism to make Incredible India: Inclusive India. It is engaged with several international and national agencies on regional networking, advocacy, policy development, research and data collection, and capacity building on improving accessibility of tourists sites.

Samarthyam’s partnership with Union Tourism Ministry, Government of India, Archeological Survey of India, Delhi Tourism & Transport Development Corporation and have paved the way for Incredible India: Inclusive India. Dilli Haat (s), Garden of Five Senses, Plazas at Emporia Complex, Stadiums under Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi, and few World Heritage Sites in India are accessible due to Samarthyam’s collaboration and sustained advocacy to promote Tourism for All.

Dilli Haat 2002-06:

Dilli Haat accessibleConducted access audit of Dilli Haat (a popular Tourist spot in Delhi) to make it “Accessible to All”. Delhi Tourism & Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC), Government of Delhi; implemented the recommendations forwarded in 2003-05. The changes include- leveling of front plaza flooring, demarcated pathway, lowering of ticket counter, merging of level differences, 27 small and big ramps with handrails and unisex accessible toilet (first accessible toilet in a tourist place). Dilli Haat received National Award (President’s Award) for Promotion of Barrier Free Environment on 3rd December 2005, International World Disability Day. Currently Samarthyam is providing Design standards for upcoming Haats in the country. Continue Reading

Plazas At Emporia Complex Baba Kharak Singh Marg

Expansive Plaza Spaces with obstruction free zones for barrier-free movement
Expansive Plaza Spaces with obstruction free zones for barrier-free movement

PSDA was commissioned by the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to design the space in front of the Emporium Complex buildings near Connaught Place.

Samarthyam conducted access audit of the Emporia complex and provided recommendations to make the site universally accessible.  Continue Reading

 

Association With Archeological Survey of India (ASI)

Braille Plates being mounted at Safdarjung Tomb, New Delhi
Braille Plates being mounted at Safdarjung Tomb, New Delhi

In December 2003, ASI has offered to work hand in hand with Samarthyam to make other popular historical monuments barrier free. There should be partnership, a shared responsibility, with individuals and NGOs, in ensuring that Government and relevant agencies are made aware of their specific needs and requirements. Continue Reading

Awareness and Excursion Tours

Awareness and Excursion Tours
Awareness and Excursion Tours

Since 1996- till date, Samarthyam has organized more than 88 tours for persons with severe disabilities to places of historical, cultural, religious and tourist interests’, promoting the concept of Accessible Tourism. Continue Reading

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