In a compassionate gesture, Mumbai's Borivali railway station has installed braille-embossed railings and other facilities for visually-impaired people. Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar of Western Railway (WR) said that the aim behind the move is to make the railway stations equally accessible for people with disabilities.
"The WR, in association with an NGO and a travel company's philanthropic arm, has installed braille-embossed railings on foot-over bridges, entry and exit points and in subways at the station," PTI quoted Bhakar as saying.
Bhakar said that the railway had strategically selected the busy Borivali station for as it used by both local as well as outstation passengers. he said that the railway station staff will be trained accordingly to ensure that specially-abled people have access to the dignified travel experience.
"The railway staff will be trained 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," he said.
The western railways further plans to make Andheri station in the western suburbs of Mumbai blind-friendly in near future and subsequently more stations will be taken up under the initiative.
What is Braille?
Braille is a tactile writing system used by people who are visually impaired. It is traditionally written with embossed paper. Braille users can read computer screens and other electronic supports using refreshable braille displays.