Accessibility April 27, 2018
North Central railway introduces Braille stickers in train coaches
The North Central railway has installed Braille stickers in selective train coaches. This will be of great help to blind passengers travelling between important stations. Currently, stickers are installed in trains to Delhi. But officials confirm that trains to other cities will soon be provided with this facility.
Prayagraj Express (Allahabad to New Delhi), Shram-Shakti Express (Kanpur to New Delhi) and the Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi are the trains that have Braille stickers now. A train from Allahabad to Jaipur is also given this facility.
Currently, all trains have instructions and seat numbers written only on flat vinyl stickers and metallic plates. This cannot be used by blind passengers.
The Agra division of Indian railways is gearing up to bring more Braille stickers for blind passengers in new coaches. Eleven trains under the Agra division will soon bring out Braille stickers for their coaches. These include the New Delhi-Agra Intercity Express and Agra-Jhansi train. Braille printing will be superimposed on stickers for blind passengers.
The Varanasi-Mysuru Express is the first train to have Braille stickers. The initiative was launched and financed in 2016 by the Mysuru Member of Parliament, Pratap Simha.
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