KATHMANDU: The government today issued directives to develop public places bearing in mind the convenience of people with special needs.
The directives developed and issued by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare has defined government buildings, hospitals, universities, organisations, religious sites, recreational places, public roads, pavements, parking areas, play grounds, conference halls as ‘public places’.
Business complexes opened for public, residential buildings, hotels and restaurants, and banks have also been categorised as ‘public places’.
The public means of communications like television channels and radio stations have also been directed to compulsorily represent persons with various physical disabilities.
The directives were unveiled by Ministry Secretary Dineshhari Adhikari at a programme in Kathmandu today.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers on February 17 had approved the directives that aimed to address the voices of Nepal Federation of Disabled.
The directives also stated that physical infrastructure in public places be made in such a way that there should not be any obstruction in the movement of people with special needs, and guiding blocks be installed on the pavements to ensure their smooth movement. It also sough an alternative to overhead bridges since they are not friendly for people with physical disabilities.