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Make tourist spots in Tamil Nadu accessible to persons with disabilities: Madras High Court

The attention of the Court was drawn to the Union Ministry of Tourism’s draft guidelines for accessible tourism, which emphasise on the need for accessible tourism to all, including persons with disabilities and elderly people. Also considered was the Kerala government’s ‘Barrier-Free Kerala Tourism’ initiative, which has received international recognition. In this light, the Court held,

“Considering all those aspects, this court is of the opinion that accessible tourism is integral for equal participation of persons with disabilities in recreation and cultural life, like the other persons. It also applies to the senior citizens and elderly persons to experience and participate fully in their older years. Therefore, this court directs the Government to devise a program expert bodies, which includes persons with disabilities, to make tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu accessible for the disabled in accordance with the standards of accessibility as formulated under section 40 of the RPwD Act and other applicable guidelines.”

Source: Barandbench

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