With pot holes, traffic, diversions, travelling on the streets of Delhi is a hard task, especially for the disabled. In such a scenario, these new disabled friendly maps will come to the rescue of these people.

With the help of new disabled friendly maps that help chalk out the best routes for one on a wheelchair, the city will become a safe haven for people with special needs. The maps are being developed together by IIT Delhi and University College London. They aim to make the city more accessible for people with disabilities. The maps are being developed under a project that goes by the name ‘Street Rehab’.

What are the maps?

The disabled friendly maps will use low budget sensors to analyze features of sidewalks. This will include the kind of tiles it uses, whether there are potholes in it or not and even creating a visual map of the footpaths to map and record if they are safe to use for people in wheelchairs. With the maps, the goal is to empower disabled people.

How are they being developed?

The partnership between IIT and UCL has already begun. They have teamed up with a local NGO to study where and how people with wheelchairs and tricycles travel in the city, what routes they use and how safe the routes are for people with disabilities.

After analysing the data they received, they were able to map out disabled friendly areas, and, in turn create a dedicated route that could be followed by these people. Additionally, since disabled friendly infrastructure is not widely available in India, they aim to make their own. After that, they will plant these in areas where it is challenging for disabled people to get by with their day to day activities.

Once the project is complete, they will have clearly outlined and mapped the areas in the city which have significantly improved due to their efforts. Along with this, they will also chalk out the pre-existing routes that can be used by disabled people.

Surely, the city is moving toward a new era of acceptance and accessibility. If the move fulfils the purpose, UCL and IIT will implement it on a wider scale and across other cities as well.

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