MeraNews Network, Ahmedabad: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s apathy in making its events disabled and handicapped friendly was visible at the ongoing Amdavad National Bookfair being organized at the GMDC ground in the city. A city-based couple, who were seeking wheelchair, were turned away by the AMC officials, who shrugged off their questions saying it’s not necessary that every place must have them.

In a video that has been doing rounds since a couple of days on social media platforms, a woman can be heard asking AMC officials at the venue why they don’t have wheelchairs to assist handicapped and the elderly. The officials seemed to be unfazed by the lady taking their video and constantly asking them questions. The video also shows a handicapped man sitting on a modified scooter, unable to get off to visit the exhibits and other events at the book fair. The couple is believed to be government employees, the woman works with the state government and her husband with the central government.

The national book fair in Ahmedabad was started off during the government of now PM Narendra Modi in 2012 on May 1 as a part of the state government’s Vaanche Gujarat mission. This is the seventh edition of the book fair which was inaugurated by CM Rupani on November 24. It had in its previous edition, seen about five lakh visitors attending events and buying books. With such huge footfalls, the AMC should have ensured that the event was disabled friendly.

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