The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered notice to the government on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking to convert the temporary ramp put up on Marina beach as part of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) held on December 3 into a permanent one to enable physically challenged persons access to the beach at all times.
The petitioner, K Kesavan, an advocate, submitted that as part of the IDPwD celebrations, a ramp was installed at the Marina beach in the city from Link Road to the spot where the waves hit the shore. The temporary ramp enabled the physically challenged to use their wheelchairs and reach the spot to enjoy the sea.
But such a provision is made available for just 10 days and sometimes, even lesser time that the physically challenged can access the beach only during those stipulated days while for the remaining days of the year they can’t even think of visiting the beach, the petitioner argued.
Hence, it is imperative that the government instead of resorting to providing temporary relief to the physically challenged should install a permanent ramp to enable them access to the beach on a regular basis and not just for a few days in a year in tune with the government policy of enabling access to the physically challenged in all public spaces, he added. The petitioner also noted that the facility should be made available at all the important beaches in the State and sought to direct the government to lay a permanent ramp at all the beaches in Tamil Nadu where the public frequent.