Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar not Disabled Friendly: Ahsaas Sting


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Jaipur: Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar are the prominent tourist places in Jaipur. Tourists from all over the world who visit Jaipur dont return until they have a glimpse of these magnificent architectures. But the irony is that despite being famous all over the world they are not friendly with Person’s with Disability.

Unfriendly Guards haunt at Hawa Mahal:

hawa mahal To enter Hawa Mahal is no less than any haunting experience for a physically disabled person. The entrance to this monument is a bit alleviated, the main door opens after hopping 45 stairs which becomes dead impossible for PWD’s. Interestingly as per the norms there is a ticketless entry for PWD’s to these places but at the same time, if them opt for an Audio Guide Facility they have to pay 100 Rupees.

Guide fails to communicate in Sign Language:

Jantar Mantar 3Another incidence that appeared shocking was the bad behavior of the guards. They not only appear insensitive towards PWDs but also make them realize that the place is not meant for their leisure. The Sting Operation carried by MAG team inside both these places revealed many loopholes such as lack of proper ramps, unavailability of lifts, non availability of documents of information bulletins in Braille language. As a reason both our two Volunteers Prateek and Bhawar who are Visual Impaired and Physically Disabled could not roam inside Hawa Mahal. Three Deaf and Mute Volunteers who were a part of this sting also found it very difficult to communicate as there was no interpreter available who could decipher and interact in Sign Language.

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