DIFFERENTLY-ABLED KIDS ENJOYS JOYFUL RIDE IN LUCKNOW METRO
- September 11, 2017
A group of eighteen (18) differently-abled kids along with their teachers today visited Lucknow Metro and enjoyed a joyful ride in the Metro train. They travelled from the Charbagh Metro station to the Transport Nagar Metro station.
It was a very happy and cheerful moment for all these kids as they travelled in Metro for the very first time and experienced an air-conditioned modern train. It turned out to be a memorable day for these children from Drishti Samajik Sansthan – a non-government organisation working for the welfare and care of differently-abled children in Lucknow.
The group reached the Charbagh Metro 11.30 AM where Shri Mahendra Kumar, Director (Operations)/LMRC welcomed the kids & the teachers. He briefed them about the unique facilities which the Lucknow Metro has provided for the differently-abled people. He briefed them that Lucknow Metro is a completely ‘barrier-free’ public mode of transport and every care has been taken for them right from the ground level of the station to the platform & concourse level of the Metro station and also inside the Metro trains.
To ensure that the kids get a real feel of the system, the visually impaired kids used the tactile path (based on braille) to board the lifts to reach the concourse. The LMRC station staff provided wheelchair support to the physically-disabled kids at the station. For the special kids who could not hear, the interpreter explained them through sign language.
The LMRC officials explained the history, growth, development and challenges of the Metro through the exhibition panel at the Transport Nagar Metro station. The kids were very enthusiastic and asked questions like “Where does the train go at night”? “Who owns this Metro”? etc.
The kids reached the platform through elevator (lift) and boarded the first coach of the Metro. With glitter in their eyes, the joyful kids started clapping the moment they settled. People present in the coach joined the kids to celebrate. They started clicking pictures and enjoyed chit chatting with the kids.
Aradhna- 6 years old – who could barely speak because of her medical issue kept on saying worlds like “Thank you, Namaste and it's very good”. Rinki – 15 years old, said “I have never seen a train. I am so happy to enjoy the Metro ride. It is better than a bus. I feel like staying here for a long time.” The kids experienced a barrier-free travel on their own from Charbagh to Transport Nagar.
Shri Mahendra Kumar, Director (Operations) said “this is a very special and emotional moment for us. We wanted these special kids to be the first group of visitors to Lucknow Metro. Lucknow Metro has always been sensitive towards the differently- abled persons”.
Amit Kumar Srivastava
Senior Public Relations Officer
Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.