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Bhubaneswar: As part of its Bhubaneswar Urban Lecture Series, Bhubaneswar Development Authority in collaboration with well-known social service organisation Swabhiman, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd today organised a day-long workshop “Smart Accessibility Solutions in Bhubaneswar’’ to discuss on universal design and digital inclusion.

While on the theme of Smart accessibility in Smart Cities through digital inclusion deliberations focussed on topics like Assistive technologies for education and workplace and Making Smart City Bhubaneswar ICT Accessible, a presentation was made on complete streets project in Bhubaneswar. In this unique initiative people from various walks of life including people with disabilities (PWDs), administrators, planners and engineers, NGO members and officials of city agencies were present. National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People and Mphasis, Bangalore, supported the event.

Speaking on the occasion Development Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary – Dr. R. Balakrishnan said  “there should be ramps, machines and smart features for visually challenged persons in all new infrastructure projects to come up in the city in the future days.’’

In his address Dr. Krishan Kumar – VC BDA and MD Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited said “Janpath will be the first street in Bhubaneswar to become completely accessible to all citizens including PWDs. For accessible streets we have drafted street guidelines, which is now open for public opinion. We are going to formalise it soon.’’

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