September 15, 2017
The Red Ramp Project by Johnson Tiles is an initiative to build awareness for making India access-friendly for the differently-abled
It’s not easy to live in India if you’re one of the millions of people who are differently-abled. There are not enough ramps for wheelchairs; the pavements are utterly unfriendly to people who are blind, public transport buses and taxis don’t have special facilities and there are millions of other problems that the differently-abled people face every day in India. H & R Johnson (India), India’s leading Integrated Lifestyle Solution provider offering tiles, bathroom products and modular kitchens, proudly launches the second phase of their “Red Ramp Project” to spread awareness in order to make India accessible for the visually impaired with the use of tactiles in public spaces. This Campaign is a second initiative of the “Red Ramp Project” executed in 2015 by Johnson Tiles.
Conceptualized by Soho Square, the campaign features Adwait Marathe, a person who is blind since birth yet is an established actor, singer and a theatre personality in real life. He portrays how tactiles help him commute independently in his daily life. The campaign is about instilling self-confidence in the minds of the visually disabled to be able to move around independently with the support of better infrastructure across the country. This campaign will hopefully nudge every individual to contribute in some small capacity starting by looking at the public places around them with sensitised eyes.
Supporting the initiative as the Goodwill Ambassador of the campaign Actor Katrina Kaif said “The Tactile campaign by H&R Johnson can impact a lot of lives in a beautiful way. I am very happy to be associated as a Goodwill Ambassador of the campaign and we can all collaborate with the authorities to make India more accessible for the differently-abled. Together we can become the face of change.”
There are 37 million blind people across the globe of which 12 million are in India. Johnson Endura Tac Tiles is one innovation from H&R Johnson’s portfolio which are laid in public places to provide cues combined with information to assist visually challenged people to commute independently and to make India access friendly.
Mr. Ketan Trivedi, Senior General Manager Marketing – H & R Johnson (India), says “H&R Johnson is known for bringing our innovations in products and we also strongly believe in being a socially responsible entity & contribute to the welfare of the society at large. The first step towards bringing any change is to create awareness. Over 2% of our country’s population suffer from some form of disability. Of the 37 million blind people in the world over 12 million are from India. . The Government of India’s Accessible India Campaign is a very noble campaign that aims for achieving universal accessibility for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). The “Red Ramp Project” is a small step from us for raising awareness for the need to make India access friendly for our differently-abled brethren. We hope this “Red Ramp Project” enables people and other organisations in India to sit up, take notice and contribute in their own ways towards making our country access friendly”
The entire campaign has been conceptualised and shot by Soho Square. Anuraag Khandelwal, ECD and Creative Head, Soho Square (Mumbai), said, “We always knew that the “Red Ramp Project” couldn’t be a one-off initiative. We had to follow through. And that’s when tactiles came into the picture. After months of research and meetings with the visually-impaired, we realised that for some, even a fifty metre journey is akin to climbing a mountain. And that became the driving force behind the current TVC. It’s not the disability that stops them, but the lack of appropriate infrastructure that doesn’t allow them to live their daily lives independently.”
Johnson Endura Tac Tiles has also been laid down in a number of places across the country. It has been used in majority railway stations in Mumbai such as Bandra & Mumbai Central railway stations, Bangalore, Hyderabad & Kochi Rail Metro projects to name a few in order to provide differently-abled people easy access across the cities.
To ensure involvement and garner support for this initiative, H&R Johnson has created a portal www.redrampproject.org to seek support to make public spaces access-friendly for the disabled. This portal will also act as a one point contact for people to connect across social media platforms and increase conversation on the topic.
About H & R Johnson (India)
Established in 1958, H & R Johnson (India), a division of Prism Cement Ltd is the pioneer of ceramic tiles in India. Over the past five decades, H&R Johnson has added various product categories to offer complete solutions to its customers. Today, H&R Johnson enjoys the reputation of being the only entity in India to offer end-to-end lifestyle solutions covering Tiles, Sanitaryware & Bath Fittings, Engineered Marble and Quartz as well as Modular Kitchens and Modular Furniture. For Tiles Johnson has four sub-brands i.e. Johnson Tiles, Johnson Porselano, Johnson Marbonite and Johnson Endura that offers end to end tiling solutions for every space and application. Johnson Bathrooms offer complete solutions in bathrooms ranging from sanitaryware, faucets, accessories and wellness products. Johnson Kitchens offers modular Indian and imported kitchens from Nobilia, Germany’s No.1 kitchen brand. We have also partnered with Rauch, Germany’s leading brand for modular furniture like beds and wardrobes. During the fiscal year-ended 31st March 2016, H&R Johnson’s net revenues were Rs. 2280 crores. In ceramic/vitrified tiles, H&R Johnson along with its Joint Ventures and subsidiaries has a capacity of over 61 million m2 per annum spread across 11 manufacturing plants across the country. H&R Johnson also has its own plants for Bathroom CP fitting products at Himachal Pradesh & J&K. It has the largest pan-India distribution network of over 1,000 dealers, over 10,000 sub-dealers, 49 branches and depot network as well as a countrywide chain of 26 ‘House of Johnson’ showrooms. For further details, please visit www.hrjohnsonindia.com