"We have a very long way to go," agrees Dr Sam Taraporevala, who heads the department of Sociology and Anthropology at St. Xavier's College and also directs the Xavier's Resource Center for the Visually Challenged.
is visually impaired himself and has championed the rights of the visually impaired for several years now.
"Although, since 1995, we have legislation empowering people with disabilities (Persons with Disabilities: Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation Act, 1995), the implementation in terms of public spaces set up and run by the government - as also private - hasn't been up to the mark.
It's only now that the government is almost being arm-twisted by civil society groups and perhaps judicial activism, that they have started doing something," he
says, adding, "Luckily the metros and the monorails are both accessible, although to bring local trains to a standard is going to take far more imagination and commitment."
also points to the interim order that the Bombay High Court passed on May 20 - that the right to good roads is a fundamental right of citizens under right to life - and held that it was the state's statutory obligation to provide good roads.