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Make pedestrian pathways differently abled friendly

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 12:08 -- deepti.gahrotra

Coimbatore Collectorate grievances meeting: Uneven roads, open sewerages, stray dogs pose a threat to differently abled persons, especially the visually challenged..

The All Differently abled Traders’ Welfare Association on Monday petitioned the district administration demanding that pedestrian pathways be made differently abled friendly.

In a release, the association said that at many places, pavements along the roads were uneven or the lids of sewerage system were removed.

Many differently abled persons, especially the visually challenged, were affected because of the unfriendly pathways.

To address the issue, the administration could at least place lids to prevent people from getting hurt.
It also sought the removal of stray dogs that troubled their business, a special grievance meeting either once a month or once in two months with the District Collector, waiver of interest on loans obtained for educating the children of the differently abled, title deeds (patta) for the economically weaker among the differently abled, and permission to run business at bus stands, bus shelters and other places.

Residents of Shastri Nagar and Ambedkar Nagar in Pattikarapalayam, Karamadai, staged a protest in front of the Coimbatore Collectorate on Monday demanding that the move to shift a liquor outlet to Pattibarapalayam be given up.

According to M. Vadivu, a resident, a petitioned submitted in the past had not yielded the desired result.
At present, the nearest Tasmac outlet was at Thimmampalayam, which was 7km away.
The residents said they would be forced to intensify their protest if the demand was not met.

Residents from Chinna Thadagam were at the Coimbatore Collectorate on Monday to submit a petition to the district administration saying that pollution was unbearable in the area as the brick kilns had increased the production capacity.

The residents said that from 2,000 bricks a day, the production at the kilns had gone up to 50,000 bricks a day because of the mechanisation process.

They had been rendered jobless in the process but the pollution level was so high that it had become unbearable for the residents to live in peace.

They were living with the rice and subsidised food the Government served and were on the lookout for jobs, the petition said.

But their very existence in the area was being threatened, thanks to the dust from the kilns.
They had complained to the panchayat president to no avail.

Left with very little option, the residents were knocking on the doors of the district administration for relief, they said and wanted the administration to also study the increased excavation of the fertile top soil for brick manufacture

Source: The Hindu

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