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India: AAI introduces ‘Ambulifts’ at 14 airports to facilitate specially-abled travellers

Airports Authority of India (AAI) has introduced ‘Ambulifts’ to facilitate specially-abled travellers at 14 airports across the country with 6 more airports set to get this facility by the end of this month.

Increasing accessibility

The Airports Authority of India has introduced ‘Ambulifts’ for specially-abled flyers at 14 airports:

  • Jodhpur
  • Rajkot
  • Dehradun
  • Bagdogra
  • Gorakhpur
  • Patna
  • Darbhanga
  • Imphal
  • Belgaum
  • Silchar
  • Jharsuguda
  • Hubli
  • Port Blair
  • Vijayawada

AAI will also introduce Ambulifts at the following 6 airports by the end of this month:

  • Jamnagar
  • Leh
  • Bhuj
  • Dimapur
  • Jorhat
  • Kanpur

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The Ambulifts are provided under the government’s “Accessible India Campaign” (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan). Ambulifts are basically like mobile lifts. It can cater to 6 wheelchairs and 2 stretchers with an attendant at a given time and is fitted with heating, ventilation and air conditioner. Ambulifts are being provided to airports that do not have aerobridge facility.

AAI in a statement said:

To facilitate passengers with reduced mobility, Divyang passenger on wheelchair and passenger on stretchers, AAl has procured 20 ambulifts for the airports which are having scheduled flight operations but no aerobridges. The Ambulift has been manufactured indigenously under the ‘Make in India’ policy,

It further added:

The initiative taken up by AAl under Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) of Government of India will provide convenient air travel to flyers with reduced mobility and. also help “Diwangjan’ at airports where aerobridge facility is not available. Procured at a cost of Rs 63 lakh per unit, AAl is providing Ambulift facility at a nominal token charge to the operating airlines at its airports. The government of India has been working to take forward the vision of the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyaan in order to ensure fully accessible public infrastructure, including airports, railways stations and public transport systems. This new addition of Ambulift at various AAl airports will strengthen Transportation System Accessibility, which is an important vertical of the Accessible India Campaign.

Featured image by AAI

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