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Barrier free built Environment for Technical Due Diligence

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The Technical Due Diligence team at Colliers understands the regulatory & technical requirements of barrier-free facilities.

 

Technical due diligence as a service offers various assessments for all type of real estate assets and development projects through critical evaluations right from compliance assessment to statutory requirements. One such statutory requirement that's mandatory to obtain approvals for construction of buildings is the compliance towards barrier-free design as per RPWD 2016 act.

More than 21 million people in India are affected by some form of disability. Physical, social, economic, and attitude barriers prevent people with disabilities from participating completely and productively in society. They have restricted access to essential resources like healthcare, jobs, education, and social and legal support networks. 

A barrier-free environment is one that allows individuals with disabilities to use all built-environment amenities in a safe and unhindered manner. The objective of barrier-free design is to create an environment that supports a person’s independent functioning so that they can be an equal part of society.

It's a common misconception that all that's required to make a built area barrier-free is a ramp, an escalator, or a lift. But there are many more elements to barrier-free design such as doors and corridor widths, flooring types, tactiles, counter heights, door handles, railings, signages, and auditory signals. For example, locking and opening controls for windows and doors should not be more than 1400mm from the finished floor, and it should be usable with one hand. Also, switches for electric light and power as well as door handles and other fixtures & fittings should be between 900 mm - 1200 mm from the finished floor.

The Government of India initiated barrier-free design with the passage of Persons with Disabilities, Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights, and Full Participation Act of 1995. A distinct law that addresses the varied requirements of disabled people. The Act mandates that all new government structures as well as public utilities, roads and transportation must provide barrier-free facilities. The Rights of PWD Act, 2016 (RPWD Act 2016) replaced the PWD Act 1995 to comply with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

The Technical Due Diligence team at Colliers understands the regulatory & technical requirements of barrier-free facilities. Keeping this in view, Colliers has prepared an extensive checklist that caters to these requirements, and the team conducts site inspections comprehensively. These measures ensure that the project are incorporated with barrier-free facilities. It suggests alterations and areas of improvement in order to make the design barrier-free, and checks whether all the access areas in the structure have been complied with the Right of Persons with Disability (RPWD 2016) act.

 

About the Author:

As an Architect, Animesh Soley, has worked on evaluating designs of various residential, commercial & hospital projects. Being a part of the Technical Due Diligence team at Colliers made me look at these fundamentals of barrier-free built environment from a wider perspective. Through our detailed analysis and reports, we have suggested ways to upgrade old buildings and make upcoming buildings more inclusive and accessible to everyone.

 

 


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Animesh Soley

Assistant Manager

Technical Due Delegence

Pune

Animesh is an Architect and a post graduate in construction management. He  has  previously worked  with  departments including  planning/designing, estimation, 3d modelling , site coordination and supervision  for various residential, commercial and hospital projects for a period of 2 years.

Currently  working as an Assistant manager in Technical due diligence team , he works on preparing technical due diligence reports for various  investors, Occupiers & developers for all types of assets/land/development projects which include compliance assessment to statutory requirements, schedule assessment ,development  startegy ,feasibility and adequacy of design  etc. and many other related service.

 

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