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Free travel for PwDs in NST buses

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DIMAPUR, JULY 10: Nagaland State Transport (NST) Department has announced free travel facilities in NST buses for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) within the State.
In a notification, the Department cited Section 41 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act of 2016 which provides for, among others, access to transportation facilities at bus stops, railway stations and airports to PwDs with long term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairment(s).
It informed that for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBDs) to avail the free travel facilities in NST, either a Unique Disability Identify (UDID) Card issued by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, or valid Disability Certificate issued by a competent authorised Medical Board would be required.
Free travel pass will be issued from the office of General Manager (GM) NST at Dimapur on payment of Rs 50, which can be renewed after 2 years against a payment of Rs 20. In case of any damage to the card or loss of the card, a new free travel pass will be issued on payment of Rs 50.
Applications can be submitted either directly to the office of the GM, or through the District NST office.
Companion, if any, of the PwBDs will have to pay full fare against prior reservation on request to occupy a seat next to the PwBDs. However, for a PwBD with 80%, or more disabilities or multiple disabilities who require assistance, free travel bus travel facility will be allowed to one associate/assistant.
It also informed that free travel facility for PwDs is permissible for both to and from, including break journey or from the originating to the terminating station. Free travel facility will be limited to 4 seats in a particular bus, in open space behind the driver’s seat in the first and second rows.
The seats will be reserved and marked accordingly.
“For availing the facilities, a request in advance or at least 1 (one) day ahead of departure of the bus, shall be preferred subject to availability of seat for that purpose. This free travel facility shall be non-transferable and any imposter so detected shall be liable to prosecution. Any pass that is misused shall be cancelled”, it added.
(Page News Service)

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