TN govt ensures inclusive facilities for differently-abled in Metro Phase 2

The Tamil Nadu government has assured the High Court that comprehensive facilities for differently-abled persons will be integrated into the second phase of metro stations in Chennai. This commitment was made in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Vaishnavi Jayakumar, which sought the installation of ramps in newly constructed metro stations.
The case was heard by Chief Justice R. Mahadevan and Justice Mohammad Shabeek. During the hearing, the petitioner’s lawyer, Yogeswaran, pointed out that a 2017 report indicated plans for ramp facilities, but by 2020, only 40 percent of these were completed. He highlighted the significant challenges faced by differently-abled persons, particularly those using wheelchairs, in accessing metro stations and trains.
Advocate PS Raman, representing the Tamil Nadu government, acknowledged the limitations of modifying existing metro stations without affecting their structure. However, he assured the court that the second phase of metro construction will incorporate all necessary facilities to ensure accessibility for differently-abled individuals.
The judges directed the government to file a detailed report on the matter and adjourned the hearing. This development marks a significant step towards making public transportation in Chennai more inclusive and accessible for all citizens.