The paper describes the Indian component of project R8016. It involved carrying out a small scale low cost demonstration project wherein bus stands along an extremely busy bus route in Pune were modified to make them more accessible for all passengers but especially for those with disabilities. The onus was on physical as well as informational accessibility. In addition, accessibility modifications suggested to the bus company in Pune City, the Pune Municipal Transport (PMT) were incorporated into the fitting out of their new buses. Surveys were conducted before commencement as well as after completion of the demonstration project to obtain feedback on the project from various users. Also, volunteers with disabilities gave their feedback on the efficacy of the modifications. The major conclusion from the study in India is that taking account of financial constraints low cost solutions as implemented in Pune are able to be effective in meeting some of the transport needs of disabled persons.
Venkatesh, A.; Maunder, D.; Sentinella, J.; Vinay, P. Accessibility for all: a case study of Pune City in India. (2003)