Commissionerate for the Welfare of Differently Abled in Chennai will be conducting access audit 74 government buildings across Chennai, housing important public offices, including government offices, State-run hospitals, colleges and schools to check whether they are barrier-free. The Secretariat Building and buildings housing the Greater Chennai Corporation, Stanley Hospital, Government Royapettah Hospital, Government Multi Super Specialty Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital, Queen Mary’s College, Anna University, Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, University of Madras, the office of the Commissioner of Police, Connemara Library, the DGP office and the CMDA office are among the 74 buildings that will be audited. Access audit will be done by the professional bodies who have been chosen after going through a selection process.
It may be recalled here that the Supreme Court had recently ordered that at least 50% of the government buildings housing important government offices have to be made differently-abled friendly by December 2019. And the latest move by the Commissionerate is an effort in that direction. The reports of the access audit will be filed within a month. Based on the audit reports, the Commissionerate will make recommendations to the department concerned as to what changes have to be made.