Four disabled-friendly parks stalled for five years
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M.N Krishna Rao park
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wheelchair accessible play station
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Parks with fun elements for disabled children
Bangalore, October 6:Four disabled-friendly parks planned by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in coordination with Kilikiki to be set up in Jayanagar, Koramangala, Kaikondanahalli, and Whitefield have been held up for five years.
Kilikili first made Coles Park in Fraser town disabled-friendly, in collaboration with the BBMP. It was inaugurated by BBMP commissioner in December 2006. Gayatri Devi Park in Rajajinagar, was next, in 2009. The M.N Krishna Rao Park in Basavanagudi followed, in January 2010.
These three parks have facilities like a ramp at the entrance, pathways in the play area, safe swings and wheelchair-accessible play stations with many fun elements.
Kilikili has undertaken similar projects in cities like Chennai, Mangalore, and Madurai.
Bangalore has nearly a thousand parks but only these three are disabled-friendly. The population of disabled children in Karnataka is nearly one million.
BBMP had planned four other parks in Bangalore but due to various operational reasons, it has not sanctioned funds for these parks. Kilikili has organized various protests but the BBMP has not taken any action, said Kavita Krishna Murthy from Kilikili.
“Various departments like electric section, civil workers, and maintenance department put together their work and make a park. Due to lack of coordination and implementation between these departments these parks did not materialize,” said Muhammad Ali, director of the horticulture department Bangalore.
He agreed that there is a need for more disabled-friendly parks for children. He said that they were working on making the park in Sadashiv Nagar disabled-friendly. The park will be inaugurated within a week, he said.
P. Sitaram who runs Spinal Cord Association said, “These disabled-friendly parks are important for the city looking at the population of the disabled children.”