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Bombay HC slams railways for stations not being disabled friendly

The reluctance of the Railways to accept an independent audit of the suburban stations in Mumbai to verify if they are disabled friendly, on Tuesday invited the Bombay High Court’s wrath.

A division bench presided by Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Amjad Sayed while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking provisions of disabled-friendly amenities on city’s railway stations, reprimanded the railways that it will issue contempt notice to both the General Managers of Western and Central railways.

In the previous hearing, senior counsel Gayatri Singh appearing for the petitioner, had suggested that an independent audit be done by auditors from the central panel to fulfil eligibility criteria for access to public infrastructure. She had informed the bench that the only auditor from Mumbai on the panel is prepared to undertake the audit. However, Suresh Kumar, the advocate appearing for the Railways had opposed the suggestion of appointing the auditors saying that a committee has already been set to look into the compliance with the HC’s orders. On Tuesday, when the matter came up for hearing, Kumar informed the bench that the Railways would not accept the audit by an independent auditor instead it would take the petitioner along for the audit work which will be done by the said committe.

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