Pedestrian crossing for visually impaired in Batticaloa town
For the first time in history, a special pedestrian crossing colour signal system with new technology for the visually impaired people in the North and Eastern Provinces was opened by Transport, Highways and Media Minister Dr.Bandula Gunawardhana in the Batticaloa town
Since this place is a school for special needs and visually impaired students, dormitories, educational faculties of the Eastern University and a large number of people hang around, there is a need for a pedestrian crossing colour signal system with special safety for a long time.
Paying attention to that, at the request of the Rural Roads State Minister Shivaneshathurai Chandrakanthan and on the advice of the Minister, Dr.Bandula Gunawardhana, this special safe pedestrian crossing colour signal system was installed by the State Development and Design Corporation (SDCC) at a cost of Rs.11 million.
Several modern facilities have been included in this special pedestrian crossing colour signal system, which has been installed for the first time in the North and Eastern province.
This includes a specially designed sound signalling system for the visually impaired such as flashing lights to stop vehicles in a short period of time when crossing the road.
In addition to this, the State Development and Design Corporation has also planned to create the pavement with special signs so that it can be identified by white cane users.
Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana said that he is pleased to introduce this special pedestrian crossing colour signal system with the latest technology for the visually impaired and people with special needs to cross the road very easily and safely.
“As schools and hostels are located on both sides of the main road, the visually impaired people have faced various accidents on many occasions while traveling through it”, he said.
He stressed the need of paying more attention on the visually impaired people.“In many developed countries, special privileges and facilities have been provided for people with special needs”.
“One of the students said that even though the White Care Day is celebrated once a year in our country, they are not given due attention when using the roads and public transport, including the bus drivers.”
The Minister said that he will instruct the CTB chairman to issue a circular to make it mandatory to stop buses and give priority for the visually handicapped people.
“As minister in charge of transport, I am instructing the CTB chairman to issue a circular to make it mandatory to stop buses and give them priority to provide them with transportation facilities when they see a person with a white stick from now on.
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