My Camera still works !!

How my camera taught DMRC staff virtue of caring for the disabled?

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IS DMRC a unfriendly to ‘differently- abled’ passengers?? Yes
Not only that today evening at Rajiv Chowk metro station, Sandesh a daily wage labor come to take a ticket at the counter has been refused and ignored. He neither got any help from the guard on duty. When I saw him struggling to draw a token from the machine, I offered a help.

I love my camera. Not only it helps me capture moments, on ample occasions, I found that it helps those making the moments too. Today, it did its job expeditiously. But, it left me with a question – Why was there a need for a camera to tell Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) staff that they need to be sensitive towards the differently-abled?

Well it is not my story.. or that of my camera. This is about Sandesh, a daily-waged worker – a differently-abled person, who finds it hard every day to commute in DMRC trains – having little use of his lower limbs.

Today was no ‘different’ for Sandesh.

I saw him at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station ‘standing’ in queue at the card recharging machine.

People in the queue stole glances at Sandesh; so did a security guard posted to keep the queue in single file. As he approached the window, he fell short of reaching the slots. Ironically, onlookers looked on.

I can’t say that I was the only one with intentions to help him. But, I was the first. I offered to get him the token.

Sandesh had another issue. He wanted to recharge his card. Since tomorrow was a working day and rush hours would this make towering task for him. The recharging machine accepted only large currency notes and he had small denominations.

DMRC staff on dutyat the counter, had no solutions. “What can we do if he is disabled,” was a reply thrown by one of them.

This is where my camera came to the rescue. As I lifted it out of the case, the staff members’ demeanor drastically changed. Out came a Rs 100 currency note in exchange of two 50 ruppees notes for Sandesh . Along it were please directed towards me: “I am a daily-waged worker.., they will take my job it this goes out,” said the staffer. The guard came with an excuse that he was rushing out for dinner.

IS DMRC a unfriendly to ‘differently- abled’ passengers?? Yes Not only that today evening at Rajiv Chowk metro station,  Sandesh  a daily wage labor come to take a ticket at the counter has been refused and ignored. He neither got any help from guard on duty. When I saw him struggling to draw a token from the machine, I offered a help.
at Rajiv Chowk metro station, Sandesh a daily wage labor struggling to get a token and recharge his metro card

I left it at that. But during my entire journey in the metro train, I could not stop thinking. DMRC had been making tall claims of making arrangements for the differently–abled describing what it operates as – ‘India’s first public transport system with adequate features for differently-abled persons’.

It claims to provide extra-wide automatic flap gates for wheelchairs, lifts with buttons installed at a low level, tactile paths for the visually impaired, reserved spaces for wheelchairs in trains, etc.

The 7 minute episode that my camera helped end, proves beyond doubt that DMRC’s tall claims about training staff to deal with differently-abled were as ‘flat’ as the excuses given by its staff member and the security guard.

{ From DMRC’s guide book,Facilities for the differently-abled:  Delhi Metro is perhaps India’s first public transport system with adequate features for differently-abled persons. These include extra-wide automatic flap gates for wheelchairs, lifts with buttons installed at a low level, tactile paths for the visually impaired, reserved spaces for wheelchairs in trains, etc. In addition, station staff constantly monitors passenger movement and provides personal help to any differently-abled person who needs assistance.”}

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Monsoon Clouds

Kumbalanghi © GIREESH GV
Kumbalanghi © GIREESH GV

Dust Storm

 © GIREESH GVFine dust rising from the banks of Yamuna due to a truck carrying construction materials, Uttar Pradesh, India

Habit of reading

Photograph by Gireesh GVIt doesnt concern whether where you are, if one wants to read. Yesterday during my walks around the streets of Nizamuddin , I found this woman standing for long and indulge in reading some urdu publication. Occasionaly i meet such book lovers in Nizammudin, also a place for many activities. I love wandaring around this place, am always invisible to them.

Trucks On… ‘rail… ‘ the move. Save fuel and save environment.

Trucks on railways wagons

But not good for Delhi -NCR regions.

Indian railway has informed the National Green Tribunal that it will not be possible to provide ‘Roll-On, Roll-Off’ (RO-RO) services with the existing infrastructure and it is not feasible in Delhi as almost the entire rail network in the region is electrified.

“The ro-ro (roll-on roll-off) service by Konkan Railway started 13 years ago is a unique service that has enabled transport of loaded trucks directly by railway wagons.  “The ro-ro service has reduced expenditure on diesel, wear and tear of tyre and maintenance of trucks for operators, and has also ensured on-time and intact delivery,”  adding that in 13 years since its inception, there has not been a single case of accident.

River Yamuna

Yamuna river Agra, © Gireesh GV
© Gireesh GV

Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar

Har Ki Pauri
© GIREESH GV

Pushkar, woman devotee

Women in Religious rituals.
© Gireesh GV

Red roses and Rain drops

© Gireesh GV
© Gireesh GV

Yoga at 1,343 m height ASL

Yoga practitioners doing a photo shoot at the peak in Kodachadri. Photo by Gireesh GV
Yoga practitioners doing a photo shoot at the peak in Kodachadri. Photo by Gireesh GV
Woman descending after her visit to "Moolasthan" Kudachadri temple.
Woman descending after her visit to “Moolasthan” Kudachadri temple.
The family from Thalassery who ride with us to Kudachadri from Kollur
The family from Thalassery who ride with us to Kudachadri from Kollur

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Plastic bottles and papers as major disturbance for envirnment
Plastic bottles and papers as major disturbance for envirnment
visitors at the sunset point, Kudachadri
visitors at the sunset point, Kudachadri
Karnataka police Wireless tower at the peak
Karnataka police Wireless tower at the peak

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This trip is after 19 years of gap. I been there with friends several times, now with my family. We took a jeep ride because not enough time to trek. Its also given me a different experience. Driving through the ghat road can take only 4-wheel drive jeeps and only locally trained drivers. Kudachadri always given me a enchanting experience. Remember my first trip with friends in 1989-90,  we trek to Kodachadri from Kollur.  On the trekking trail one has to pass through Gopalan’s tea shop. Only one who served the essential food like idli, bread, biscuits and bananas (from his farm). Gopalan is a Keralite and living inside the forest for many years…  Now i am not sure whether he still run that shop or there are more people opened shops. In Kudachadri there many vendors now. Place is getting littered. The many who dare to go to the peak are malayalees.

Kodachadri is a mountain peak with dense forests (elevation – 1,343 metres above sea level) in the Western Ghats in South India (Shindig Dist., Karnataka State). It is declared as natural heritage site by Government Karnataka and it is 10th highest peak of Karnataka