North Central Railway
No. PR/NCR/04/2018Press ReleaseDate:26.04.2018
NORTH CENTRAL RAILWAY GOES THE BRAILLE-WAY TO HELP THE VISUALLY CHALLANGED
The North Central Railway (NCR), under the guidance of its General Manager Shri M.C.Chauhan, has gone an extra mile to make the journey of its visually challenged passengers more comfortable. In order to help visually challenged passengers make sense of their surroundings in coaches of trains, NCR has installed Braille signages in the coaches. ‘Braille’ is a language for the blind that was invented by ‘Louis Braille’ (after whom the language is named). It consists of patterns of raised dots-each unique pattern forming a letter of the alphabet- which can be felt by the visually challenged using their fingertips. Effectively, this invention gives the visually challenged the ability to read printed script in Braille using their sense of touch just as effectively as their visually-abled counterparts.NCR has recognized the unique challenges faced by the visually challenged in a world of the visually-abled, and has come forward to making their travel experience in its trains more rewarding and comfortable by putting Braille signages in the coaches of NCR. Of the total holding of 1452 coaches, 552 have already been provided with Braille Signages, while 100 more are currently under fitment of the same.The remaining 800 coaches will also be fitted with Braille Signages in the near future. “The target is to make 100% coaches of NCR visually-challenged-friendly by giving visually challenged the facility of being able to read the signages inside the coaches on their own” says GM/NCR. “Important trains of NCR like Prayagraj Express, Shramshakti Express, Sangam Express, Allahabad-Udhampur Express, Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi and Allahabad-Jaipur Express have already been made 100% Braille-enabled while work is in progress in other trains like New Delhi-Agra intercity express and Agra-Jhansi Express.” He adds. In this initiative, seat numbers, location of facilities inside trains, instructions inside toilets etc. are covered by Braille. The signages themselves are of a high quality, which will keep their shape even after repeated usage by the passengers. Most certainly, this work being done by NCR to make the lives of our differently-abled brethren a little easier deserves to be applauded.