The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs vide notification dated October 18, 2022, notified the Harmonized Guidelines and Standards for Universal Accessibility in India 2021. The new guidelines has further suspended the Harmonized Guidelines, 2016.
The Harmonized Guidelines, 2016 shall be inoperative except concerning things done or omitted to be done before such supersession. It applies to all States or Union Territories Administrations. The Guidelines were issued for creating a barrier-free environment for the elderly and persons with disabilities and to ensure that the environment, products, and services are accessible to people with disabilities.