The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Union Government and the Managing Director M/s Konkan Railway Corporation, on a plea seeking directions for providing facilities to physically challenged, persons with disabilities as well as senior citizens at all the railway stations on the Konkan railway line.
A division bench of Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum issued the notice while hearing a petition filed by one George Fernandez. The plea is filed through Advocate R.G Kolle & Rajesh Bhat.
The plea prays for the issuance of a Writ of Mandamus or any other Order or Direction, directing Chairman & Managing Director of KRCL to forthwith provide “slope gradient scientific second platforms” fitted with chains & guards etc. in all KRCL Stations, facilitating hassle free movement for the benefit of “Physically Challenged & Persons with Disabilities and Senior Citizen & Sickly Persons” in terms of Section 41 of the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 and also Apex Court‟s Guidelines.
It also seeks directions to provide foot over Bridge & platforms of desired height, boarding & DE Boarding facilities with guard & chains, basic amenities like proper & decent sitting, lighting, sheltering/roofing arrangement on par with Indian Railway Stations.
The matter will be next heard on October 22.