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Lucknow Metro organized a special ride for para sports players on World Disabled Day!

LUCKNOW: On the occasion of the World Disabled Day on March 15, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) organized a special Metro train ride for a team of para sports players (wheelchair players) between Transport Nagar to Charbagh. It marked the observance of this special day for these exclusive wheelchair bound cricket players who hail from different cities and districts of Uttar Pradesh.  A team of 11 (eleven) para cricket players from the state wing of the Para Sports Foundation arrived at Transport Nagar Metro station at 11.30 am on Thursday and travelled to and fro in a Metro train between Transport Nagar and Charbagh Metro station.

During their visit, they were briefed about the facilities available for the differently-abled at Metro stations and inside the Metro train. They were very happy to see the special marked spaces for them and talk the facility of back button through which commuters can talk to the Metro train operators in case of any emergency.

Somjeet Singh, Captain, Para Sports Players (Cricket) said “We are overwhelmed to see such an advanced technology in the city of Lucknow. We thank LMRC for providing us with such a Metro system in the shortest possible time and giving us an opportunity to travel in the Metro train”.

“It is an unforgettable moment for us and we thank the Metro staff for their love, respect and affection that they have showered on us”, he further added.

 Abhay Pratap Singh, ex- squadron leader and now a player in the team said, “We are very happy to see that Lucknow Metro is a completely ‘barrier-free’ public mode of transport and every care has been taken for them right from the ground level of the station to the platform and concourse level and also inside the Metro trains.”

Another player of this special cricket team, Irfan Haider recited poems and songs impromptu in the Metro train to entertain everyone. Everyone in the train including the Metro officers and staff cheered and appreciated the performance of Haider.

 Other para sports players who were part of the team included Aviral Jain, Anmol Vashisht, Umesh Kaushik, Gaurav Yadav, Pawan Mishra, Sirajuddin, Manoj Chauhan, Shailesh Rai and Kaushal Pal.
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