The wheelchair lift or the verti-lift was introduced as part of the Accessible India Campaign.

Hyderabad Airport becomes the first airport in the country to provide a wheelchair liftImage: Wikipedia Commons/Sridhar Saraf
news Accessibility Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:49

Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport became the first airport in the country to introduce a wheelchair lift or Verti-lift, on Saturday.

The lift was installed as part of the Accessible India Campaign, reported Telangana Today.

The verti-lift was introduced to minimize the wait time of wheelchair bound passengers, who usually wait for the escort to reclaim their baggage, said the report.

Authorities said that the facility is also part of its signature programme, 'Passenger is Prime', which was introduced last month.

The airport authorities further informed that besides equipping the airport with the verti-lift, they have made a few other changes with the intent of helping passengers with disabilities.

Besides designing a dedicated a curbside parking at forecourt with a clear signage, authorities have also provided facilities like intercom calling facility at both departure and arrival ramps, along with wheel-chair assistance from the curbside till check-in, informed authorities.

“We are happy to be the first airport in India to introduce a Verti-lift to serve our passengers. The verti-lift is our latest effort as part of this programme which is also in line with the government’s ‘Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan’ initiative,” said GHIAL (GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd.) CEO SGK Kishore.


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