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Safari jeeps in Rajasthan's Ranthambore National Park fitted with ramps for differently-abled

Now, the differently-abled individuals can board and de-board the jeeps with ease via a ramp as they explore this national park.

Touted as the first tiger reserve across India to do so, Ranthambore National Park is now equipped to cater to differently-abled citizens. The introduction of ramp-enabled jeep safaris has resulted in this landmark achievement and these have been designed by Balendu Singh, former honorary wildlife warden. This innovation is the consequence of the notification released by the State Forest Department on 5 December 2020, which stated that all national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and zoos should be made friendly for differently-abled individuals.

Ramps & seatbelts added to secure wheelchairs

Differently-abled can take jeep safari rides in Ranthambore while sitting in their wheelchair, if they choose to, as the vehicles are now fully equipped to ensure their safety. The seats of the vehicles can be folded in to make space for wheelchairs and seatbelts have been fitted to secure the wheelchair-bound passenger. Further, with the help of an electric switch, the differently-abled individuals can board and de-board the vehicle with ease via a ramp.

Motivation behind developing this jeep

Balendu Singh, was a para-athlete who represented India in shooting competitions and often faced issues as not all facilities provided suited his needs. With this in mind, he was motivated to develop a vehicle that can be used by all, even if they have certain physical limitations. This facility will be available once Ranthambore National Park opens its doors to tourists after some improvement is noted in the pandemic situation.

Other provisions

The State Forest Department had also issued a notification in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016, on 5 December 2020. This notification stated that all national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and zoos should be made friendly for differently-abled individuals. In compliance with this order, the safari jeeps have been re-fitted.

Further, this notification mandates a provision for two people to guide and accompany the differently-abled person. This move has been welcomed by the respective community, for they have faced hardships in the past while embarking upon such physically demanding and arduous tours.

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Each patrolling contingent will consist of police officers, women along with Nasus members, who will pedal on cycles in their respective areas.

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All Mumbai local services to return to tracks from October 28

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Kickstart your festivities with Motichoor Laddoos & Kaju Katlis from Ritzz Mithai Vatika in Lucknow

This festive season, Ritzz is offering various attractive and luxurious hampers and mixed mithai boxes!

Apart from being the festival of lights, family and togetherness, Diwali is also a free pass to devour as many of your favourite sweets as you want! And when it comes to the good ol' Motichoor Laddoos and Kaju Katlis, there are only a few places in Lucknow, that we can trust! Keeping intact our festive sentiments and love for sweets, Ritzz Mithai Vatika has been serving us with its unmatched and unchanged quality and taste for years now. And once again, it's that time of the year when we can indulge in our favourite delicacies from this place, guilt-free!

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The 16th National Aerobics, Fitness and Hip Hop Championships are all set to take place in Lucknow from 14-16th of January. The championships will be hosted at the KD Singh Babu Stadium. To promote the sport in the state, a new executive committee for the Uttar Pradesh Aerobics Association has also been formed. The UP Aerobics Association has been given the permission to host the event after receiving recognition from the UP Olympic Association.

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