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Tuesday, 23 December, 2008, 10 : 00 AM [IST]

Access 4All to offer wheelchair accessibility van service in five more cities by end of February 2009

Plans to introduce sightseeing tours next year
Access 4All launched in Mumbai in September this year in Mumbai, which is the only wheelchair accessibility van service in the country will start its services in Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad by end of February next year.  The company will also introduce sightseeing tours for the wheelchair users in 2009. “Initially, we will be targeting the corporate and tourism sector of these cities. Currently, we have a tie-up with ITC Hotels for pick-up and drop facility and are looking forward to work with other hotels and government associations (for Public-Private-Partnership projects) to further expand our services,” said Arvind Prabhoo, Director, Access 4All.

According to Prabhoo, there are a growing number of wheelchair users getting employed in various call centres/BPOs (Business Process Outsourcing) and other corporate organisations in the cities who are in need of better accessible travel services. The cost for the travel service is Rs 8 per kilometre travelled. Access 4All will be marketing its services from next month through its site, print media, online space and networking with the travel trade. “We had sent our proposal to the Maharashtra state government for PPP projects last year for which we are yet to receive a response,” stated Prabhoo.

The van service designed for the corporate segment will include an air-conditioner, a DVD player with an LCD screen, a computer with a wireless connection, a Blaupunkt music system, charging point for cell-phones and laptops, and a mini refrigerator. Arvind Prabhoo modified Tata Winger (launched in 2008) by attaching a ramp to the vehicle for wheelchair access, a complete change in its original seating plan so it could fit three wheelchairs and three regular seats, a Global Positioning System with LED (Light Emitting Diode) displays for the hearing impaired and a speaker-sound system for the visually impaired to know where they are.
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