I feel immense happiness when I hear of initiatives where people are willing to help the less fortunate or the physically/mentally challenged community in some way. Here is one splendid initiative in the very city I live in. This post contains information from the persons concerned with the building of the Braille Trail at Cubbon Park, Bangalore, India.
A Braille trail is a walking path that is specifically designed for the visually impaired or specially-abled. Here, at Cubbon Park, a small portion has been allotted for this project. The Braille trail will be built with soft barriers like trees and shrubs on either sides of the pathway, so that navigation is simple and easy for the users. This area will also consist of a small water feature, walking surfaces and benches where the less fortunate can sit and enjoy the fresh air outside their homes. It will also have a toilet for the specially-abled residents of Bangalore.
Smart City and Horticulture Department (government entities) have come up with this wonderful initiative to help children and adults, from this community, to walk around with ease. They have identified areas, in Cubbon Park, and gotten them cleaned for this purpose. They are trying to clean up other existing water bodies and channels too, without charging the community or the regular visitors of the park for the same.
The idea of this project is to give the specially-abled a space as they deserve to enjoy the beauty of nature, too. This project also aims at making them feel acknowledged and part of the same society we all live in.
As we have just celebrated our 75th year of Independence from the Colonial Rule, the purpose is to, with this simple nature trail, help the specially-abled come out of their shells and feel the freedom, too.
Personally, I think that the government entities are doing a great job by improving our city in several ways. In other countries, I have seen roads, zebra crossings and parks made wheelchair-convenient and the visually impaired walk with no help besides their walking sticks. I hope to see a similar view here in India soon. With such baby steps, India will slowly but surely become the superpower it should have been years ago, don’t you think so?
What do you think of this initiative? Should we have more trails such as this all over India?