Physically challenged former paralympian athlete K.B. Puttaswamy.
Sometimes, the electric cart deployed in the station to ferry physically challenged persons is not available. In such cases, it takes him longer to get the ticket.Once he gets the ticket, he manages to load the scooter in the luggage van with help from fellow passengers. But at Birur, he faces a big problem. The train reaches at 9.45 p.m. Often, there is no one to help him unload the scooter forcing him to depend on the goodwill of the Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE).
Prabhu Sankanagowda, another physically challenged former sportsman, said several such people who want to travel in trains with their vehicles have given up because they find the task daunting.
Anil Kumar Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Bangalore, said, "It is a problem of one person. He should meet the Deputy Station Manager (Commercial).”
V. S. Basavaraju, Executive Director, Association of People with Disabilities (APD), said organisations are working on the issue of access to people with disabilities, but the law is unclear on problems like the one faced by Mr. Puttaswamy.
Source : The Hindu , 18th May 2014