Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India with an estimated city proper population of 12.5 million as of 2011. Along with the neighbouring regions of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, it is the second most populous metropolitan area in India, with a population of 21.5 million. Mumbai lies on the Konkan coast on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. Mumbai wheelchair access is poor, so you really need to plan you visit down to the last detail. The city is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and the city’s distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings. Mumbai wheelchair access is poor and disability travel can be very difficult.
Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan in Northern India. It was founded on 18 November 1727 by Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amer, and after whom the city is named. The city has a population of 3.5 million, making it the tenth most populous city in the country. Jaipur is also known as the Pink City, due to the dominant color scheme of its buildings. It is located 268 km from the national capital New Delhi. Jaipur wheelchair access is below what western visitors would normally expect. However Jaipur is a popular tourist destination in India and forms a part of the west Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Agra. It also serves as a gateway to other tourist destinations in Rajasthan such as Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Mount Abu. Jaipur is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Jantar Mantar and the Amer Fort. Jaipur wheelchair access is poor and disability travel can be quite difficult indeed.
Hyderabad is the capital of the Indian state of Telangana and de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh. Occupying 650 square kilometres along the banks of the Musi River, it has a population of about 7 million and a metropolitan population of about 8 million, making it the fourth most populous city in India. At an average altitude of 542 metres much of Hyderabad is situated on hilly terrain around artificial lakes. Hyderabad emerged as the foremost centre of culture in India with the decline of the Mughal Empire in the mid-19th century, with artists migrating to the city from the rest of the Indian subcontinent. The Telugu film industry based in the city is the country’s second-largest producer of motion pictures. Hyderabad wheelchair access is poor, make no mistake.
Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River approximately 75 kilometres west of the border with Bangladesh, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India’s oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port. The city is widely regarded as the “cultural capital” of India, and is also nicknamed the “City of Joy”. As a nucleus of the 19th- and early 20th-century Bengal Renaissance and a religiously and ethnically diverse centre of culture in Bengal and India, Kolkata has local traditions in drama, art, film, theatre, and literature. Many people from Kolkata—among them several Nobel laureates—have contributed to the arts, the sciences, and other areas. Kolkata culture features idiosyncrasies that include distinctively close-knit neighbourhoods (paras) and freestyle intellectual exchanges. Kolkata wheelchair access is very poor and disability travel in this city can be very challenging.
Delhi is a city and the National Capital Territory of India. It is bordered by Haryana on three sides and by Uttar Pradesh to the east. Delhi’s population is around 12 Million,. making it the second-highest in India after Mumbai. Delhi’s urban area beyond, including the neighboring satellite cities of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Noida has an estimated 2016 population of over 26 million people, making it the world’s second-largest urban area according to United Nations. Delhi has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BCE. Delhi wheelchair access is poor.
Chennai also known by its former name Madras is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest cultural, economic and educational centre of south India. It is the sixth most populous city and fourth-most populous urban agglomeration in India. Chennai wheelchair access is poor compared to western standards. However the city is among the most visited Indian cities by foreign tourists. The Quality of Living Survey rated Chennai as the safest city in India. Chennai was also named the ninth-best cosmopolitan city in the world by Lonely Planet. In October 2017, Chennai was added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) list for its rich musical tradition.
One challenge is boarding the narrow, ramp-less coaches of the trains reserved for the disabled, lack of disabled-friendly sanitation in the trains makes it evident that accessibility of public transport by the disabled is a privilege.
In Chennai it is almost impossible to board a bus or train without assistance.
Bangalore is the capital city of the South Indian state of Karnataka. It has a population of over ten million, making it a megacity and the third most populous city and fifth most populous urban agglomeration in India. It is located in southern India on the Deccan Plateau at an elevation of over 900m above sea level, which is the highest among India’s major cities. It reflects its multireligious and cosmopolitan character by its more than 1000 temples, 400 mosques, 100 churches, 40 Jain derasars, three Sikhgurdwaras, two Buddhist viharas and one Parsi fire temple located in an area of 741 km² of the metropolis. Unsurprisingly, Bangalore wheelchair access does not meet modern first world standards as commonplace in most western countries. The religious places are further represented to include the few members of the Jewish community who are making their presence known through the Chabad that they propose to establish in Bengaluru and the fairly large number of Bahá’ís whose presence is registered with a society called the Bahá’í Centre.
Namma Metro, also known as Bengaluru Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Bengaluru, India. As of February 2019 the fourth longest operational metro network in India.
Wheelchair access is provided via a lift access from the Ground Floor to the Metro Level via elevators (above or below). There are also specially marked area in the first Coach, right behind the first door on the left, just behind the Pilot’s cabin.
The Metro Train Stop Duration at each station, varies from 15–60 seconds. However, no pilot can close the doors or start movement of the Train, unless the Security Guards clear them. The Guards make an Downward X symbol (waving of hands) to suggest that there are no passengers alighting or boarding the train. This ensures safety of All passengers.
For a people with a disabilities there is no greater frustration than finding a lack of wheelchair access to world cities. For example, you can’t get from the airport to the train terminal or you find that there is no elevator in a major attraction. Our mission is to find out about wheelchair access in 99 of the world’s major cities and get that information to you. We want to make disability travel more accessible or at least make you more informed. Please enjoy our introduction to wheelchair access to world cities. These cities are grouped below by country or region: