The Sabarmati Riverfront is the crown jewel of Ahmedabad, but its beauty is inaccessible to the city’s elders and those with disabilities. The project, built for Rs 1,400 crore, has nine elevators on both sides, but only one is unlocked and functional.
Also, there are very few ramps to enable disabled people to move from the upper promenade to the lower one. While the civic body has provided hundreds of bicycles for rent, they do not have enough wheelchairs to help those with disabilities get around easily.
Visitors with physical disabilities are forced to either remain on the upper promenade or face difficulties climbing down the stairs to reach the lower promenade.
The riverfront is one of the most disabled-unfriendly public places in the city, with only a couple of ramps, dysfunctional lifts, and toilets which remain locked all the time. Even the drinking water taps are so high that a person sitting in a wheelchair cannot reach them.
Shehzad Khan Pathan, the opposition leader in AMC and the Congress councillor from Danilimda, said, “Crores of rupees have been spent on building this public place. The locked lifts and toilets, lack of ramps and wheelchairs are proof of the authorities’ insensitivity towards the disabled people.”