Preparations for Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi


The New Delhi railway station has got a facelift and is modernized for the Commonwealth Games 2010. The fully air conditioned revamped station has now a world class facility spread over an area of 250 acres. The station is built on the lines of the New York Central station and matches with Connaught Place looks with an investment to the tune of Rs. 25 crore.


Northern Railways, Ministry of Railways has set an excellent example of user-service provider partnership. Samarthyam, National Centre for Accessible Environments access audited the New Delhi Railway station in 2007 and presented report recommendations to DRM, Delhi Division and Chief Engineer (Construction), Northern Railways. Accessible design standards and users perspective was incorporated in the blue prints of New Delhi railway station.


In 2008, Samarthyam was invited by Deputy Engineer (Construction), Northern Railways to vat the blue prints and revise the drawings in light of user-friendly facilities for persons with diverse disabilities and reduced mobility. Samarthyam's Access Resource Group provided technical know how of engineering configuration of tactile tiles for persons with vision impairment; entrance ramp and handrails; reserved lowered ticket counter and drinking water unit; layout and internal design of accessible washrooms and bathing area along with Braille and pictogram signages for all facilities. The three storey complex also has provision of lifts to connect all the floors, there by making it easier and comfortable to be used by persons with disabilities and senior citizens.


Samarthyam has also vetted the plans of Anand Vihar Railway station in East Delhi, wherein construction is in full swing. Universal design standards have been provided in the station from the planning stage itself by Engineers of Northern Railways in consultation with Samarthyam. Samarthyam has also designed the washroom and bathroom accessories and signages for both of these stations including Nizamuddin station.


Indian Railways for the first time has also introduced passenger ferry vehicle which is accessible for persons with reduced mobility. Samarthyam is working with Indian Railways to design a lift for lifting wheelchair passengers from platform to coach.



Anjlee Agarwal

Executive Director



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