Visually impaired navigators guide drivers in unique car rally in Ahmedabad

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 11:20 hrs

In a reversal of roles, the visually impaired guided the able sighted through the rally course that was organised in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

The rally aimed at collecting funds, which are used to set up schools in various parts of the country. It also helped these specially abled people to co-ordinate with the drivers and helped them to visualize the world around them.

"Definitely, it is always a noble cause and we have done a lot of good things, we have built so many schools all over Ahmedabad and all over India. So this fund raising is always for education. That is our mission, freedom through education and we have been doing this for the last 25 to 30 years" said Chairman of organizing team, Amit Karimala.

The car rally was organized by the Round Table Ahmedabad Chapter and Blind People Association for the 15th consecutive year.

More than 100 cars participated in the rally out of which 15 were specially designed cars for specially able citizens to drive in. The instructions for the route were typed in Braille for the visually impaired navigators.

"We always enjoy participating in this car rally event and it is also very advantageous to us as it helps us improve on the skill of mobility," said a navigator, Krishna Takar.

The track, which cut the city from north to west, included 10 bridges and a 300 meters unique dirt track added to make the rally more adventures. The participants also had to indulge in horse riding, which was introduced as a part of the rally.

Driver skills were tested as per time, speed and distance measurements; however, the entire route was in Braille.

This created an exceptional situation where the sighted driver was totally dependent on the visually impaired navigator to make his way through the course. (ANI)

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