Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Physically challenged denied access

Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS), the venue that hosted two matches of Cricket World Cup 2011 in the port city, lacks in facility required to allow access and easy movement of physically-challenged people.

The authority disregarded both the National Building Code and Dhaka Metropolitan Building Act 2008 while constructing the stadium without any ramp and suitable toilet - two of the major requirements for any ICC cricket venue, for the physically challenged-people.

As per the provisions, there should have been a 36-inch ramp with security wall at the entrance and a toilet with grab-bar or handrail in both sides, which were totally ignored during construction of the stadium, alleged the sufferers.

None of the 57 seats, out of total 18,563, designated for physically challenged persons had any special feature, they said.

Sabrina Sultana, a wheel chair user and President of Bangladesh System Change Advocacy Network (B-SCAN) said that they went to the venue before the match between Bangladesh and England. "But, I was quite disappointed to see that there is no scope for people like me to enjoy the match in the stadium," said Sabrina. The Mirpur Stadium in Dhaka has separate area for wheel chair users, built-in ramp in every entrance and toilets accessible to physically challenged persons as per the international standard, she said.

When contacted Murshid Abedin, chief engineer of the venue, said they were noticed of the problem physically challenged persons faced at the stadium. "We would immediately start developing facilities for them. They won't have to face the problem in entering the venue or easy movement during the next twenty-twenty World Cup matches at the venue in Bangladesh in 2014," said the engineer.
By Nirjhar MozumderSource: 2 April, 2011. Daily Sun.

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