Commercial Buildings To Now Be Differently-Abled Friendly

The Bombay High Court has directed the BMC to grant approvals to commercial buildings only if they are differently-abled friendly.


There is a constant dilemma and debate both within and outside the disabled community where the term disabled itself brings in a lot of negative connotation with it because by labelling someone as ‘disabled’, we’re assuming right away that the person is incapable of doing something. Therefore the term 'differently-abled' perfectly describes them. 

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The need of the hour is not to confine people but to create opportunities for them to come out of their homes. With the same view, Bombay High Court issued a notice to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to grant approval to commercial buildings only when they are differently-abled friendly. 

The petition was filed by advocate Abha Singh and interior designer Nisha Jamvwal in the High Court after which the bench that was headed by Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharti Dangre issued a notice to BMC. They stated that commercial buildings should have ramps, special toilets, wheelchair friendly designs and other facilities which help the differently-abled person. 

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