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Carnival celebrations to be disabled friendly

16 Feb 2019 06:07am IST
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16 Feb 2019 06:07am IST

Enable Travel, Ezy Mov and DRAG tie-up to provide facilities during float parades; Float by differently-abled to add charm to the event

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PANJIM: For the first time, the annual Carnival celebrations will be disabled friendly with Enable Travel, accessible holiday specialist, along with India’s first wheelchair taxi service Ezy Mov and Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) having come together to improve the level of accessibility and inclusion during the four day festivity.

To begin with, the Carnival will be made accessible in Panjim where elevated platforms with ramps will be provided especially for the wheelchair users. A press statement states that for the first time, an accessible float, comprising of disabled people and mobility-restricted elderly dressed in innovative costumes and placards championing the cause of inclusivity will be part of the festivities.

President of DRAG Avelino D’Sa informed that a large part of the disabled community had been missing from such an event that is celebrated on a grand scale and this move will largely help the physically challenged persons enjoy the show. “It is a historical moment that the Carnival is going to be accessible to all and we hope with the help of many more like-minded partners we will be able to put our full resources together towards an accessible environment,” he stated.

Head of Enable Travel, Debolin Sen said that as accessible travel specialists they want to keep this momentum going and strengthen their commitment in creating an inclusive and accessible travel environment in Goa and extend it to the other parts of the country.

To encourage participation from the disabled community and cater to their travel needs, Enable Travel in partnership with Ezy Mov has also specially crafted holiday packages for the Goa Carnival in economy and superior categories. 

Earlier last month, Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar had announced the Carnival dates too, well in advance to increase the flow of tourists to Goa. The tourism department will select King Momo on February 22 and has invited applications from interested candidate till February 20.

The Carnival float parade will commence from the capital city on March 2, followed by Margao on March 3, Vasco and Ponda on March 4 while the parade will shift to Mapusa, Morjim and Curchorem on March 5.  
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