MUMBAI: A Western Railways (WR) official informed that Mumbai’s busy Borivali station has become ‘visually-challenged’ friendly. The station has installed braille-embossed railings and other facilities for visually-impaired people.
RavinderBhakar, WR’s Chief Public Relations Officer, said that the aim behind the move was to make the railway stations equally accessible for people with disabilities.
“The Western Railways authority has signed an agreement to work with an NGO and a travel company’s philanthropic arm. They have installed braille-embossed railings on foot-over bridges, entry and exit points and in subways at the station”, he added.
Additionally, a booklet will also be available in Braille script which will be placed in the station master’s office. Visually-impaired people will not have to struggle for any assistance. They can get the booklet from the station master’s office. Thousands of indicators have been installed at Borivali station.
Borivali station has been strategically selected for the project as it is used by both the outstation passengers as well as the local commuters in Mumbai, Bhakar said.
The WR will also train the railway staff to reach out to the passengers so that the facility is used optimally. The project is a step towards creating an easy, dignified, and a seamless travel environment.
The Western Railways further plans to make Andheri station in the western suburbs of Mumbai visually-challenged friendly in near future and subsequently more stations will be taken up under the initiative.