300 families of visually impaired Indian citizens live near Vangani station in (outer district) Mumbai. They sustain their livelihood by doing cutlery business in local and express trains in Mumbai & neighbouring areas mainly on Central line, Railways. Vangani is one and a half hour away from Mumbai. But they lead a life full of danger.
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Anita Tai is 35 years old and lives alone a 30 in the town of Vangani bordering the city of Mumbai. Anita was born blind. Around a decade ago, she migrated to Vangani when she heard that it was home to disabled families who came across the state and settled there to earn their living. Anita's desire was to be independent and live a life of dignity.
She became one of the many visually impaired people who you might find on Mumbai trains selling inexpensive 'made-in-china' pens, chains and other trinkets. A few years ago, when Anita was making her way across the railway tracks to the platform to board her daily train, she lost her balance, slipped and fell. An arriving train ran over her hand. She survived the accident but her limb was destroyed. It had to be surgically amputated.
In a town of more than 300 visually impaired Indian citizens making a living by selling their wares to commuters in train compartments and no foot-over bridge to safely access the platform, Anita remains just another statistic of causality.
There are many cases like Anita’s in Vangani -- Visually impaired residents of the village, who are forced to navigate the hazardous tracks in complete darkness, the people who have broken bones and fractured limbs, the people who have lost their lives. 15 years of many avoidable mishaps later, the authorities are yet to deliver on their promise of a foot-over bridge.
Join me in telling the General Manager of Central Railways to make Vangani station a disable friendly railway station and build the bridge that can be used by the residents of this village to cross tracks.
Your signature can help the visually impaired citizens of this village and avoid any more incidents like Anita.
Tell the General manager of Central Railways to take immediate action on the following:
-- Build the Railway Bridge at Vangani Railway station
-- Provide immediate Railway Police support in ensuring the reservations of disabled coach for disabled only.
This petition was filed by Amol Lalzare (Video volunteer correspondent) and Atul Jaiswal (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) with support from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.