Friday, April 20, 2018

Accessibility of Golden Temple for devotees with disabilities

1) Shri Captain Amarinder Singh
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab &
Chairman, Amritsar Culture and Tourism Development Authority (ACTDA)
2) Shri Navjot Singh Sidhu
Minister Tourism and Cultural Affairs &
Member, ACTDA
3) Shri Kamaldeep Singh Sangha
District Commissioner, Amritsar
Chief Executive Officer of Executive Committee ACTDA
4) Shri S. Gobind Singh Ji Longowal,
President, Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC)
Ref: Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 to be read with section 7(v) of the Amritsar Culture and Tourism Development Authority Act 2016 on Sri Harmandir Sahib and Heritage Street being inaccessible to devotees with disabilities
Hon'ble CM,
Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh
In 2017, Golden Temple was awarded as the 'most visited place of the world' by World Book of Records. However, this place of worship is inaccessible to world's largest minority- people with disabilities.
Photo: Vishal Kumar, Tribune

Uneven, rugged surface difficult to manoeuvre wheelchair

Dr Satendra Singh

This chairlift was non functional on 28th April 2018 and even to reach here, one has to climb 3-4 steps

There is a provision which makes the centre verge of barricades lower down to make way, but in the absence of any official attendant, this is of no help

As the Amritsar Culture and Tourism Development Authority (ACTDA) Act, 2016 is applied to Sri Golden temple and Roads, Round-abouts and Street Furniture (Town Hall to Golden Temple and Exit), and as you are the Chairperson of the ACTDA, I request you to look into the following suggestions (published on The Quint and sent to your office earlier via speed post) so that devotees with disabilities are not excluded to visit one of the most holy places on the planet earth.
Sat Sri Akal