Differently-abled people were invited to participate in a trail of MTC buses with ramp and were asked to give their feedback.
Based on this, several design changes are expected to be implemented to make the vehicles more accessible and friendly.
The bus used in the trial had an electric lift with a ramp fitted for wheelchair users. While the participants had people helping them, there was a safety concern when a woman tried to access the wheelchair all by herself.
There were also concerns for the people with walking sticks tried to access the same. Also, the questions were raised about whether the buses have sufficient space for the ramp.
An official from the Transport Department said that they were planning on introducing 100 such accessible buses.
“At present, we have retrofitted this one bus with the electric ramp and based on the design changes and feedback, more buses will be made accessible. The conductors of these buses will be trained to operate the electric lift as well as help the disabled,” he added.