CHANDIGARH: Giving relief to the visually impaired passengers, the Northern Railway on Thursday introduced Braille Tactile Map of the Chandigarh railway station. The facility was inaugurated by Gurinder Mohan Singh, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Ambala Division.
The Braille Tactile Map is provided in the main concourse of the railway station near the booking counters to make it easily accessible to visually impaired passengers.
The DRM said one of the biggest challenges faced by the visually-impaired passengers is obtaining a concept of their surroundings. Singh said, “With the help of Braille Tactile Map, a visually impaired passenger can easily get the desired information without any help regarding exact location of available passenger amenities and facilities, such as booking counters, waiting rooms, retiring rooms, etc.”
He said this facility is provided in the Northern Railway zone for the first time. The Ambala Division will also provide Braille Tactile Maps at other important stations within the division.
Besides, the division would observe December 3 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and provide upgraded Divyang-friendly facilities at all stations across the division, he added.
Talking to TOI, the DRM said doubling and electrification work of Rajpura-Bathinda section would be completed within two years, after which more trains would be run on the section. He also talked about the ongoing work of dedicated freight corridor (DFCCIL) in the division, saying all level-crossings falling on the DFCCIL would be provided with low-height subways.