Friday, December 11, 2015

Facilities For Differently Abled Passengers By Railways

Indian Railways is always trying to provide best facilities to its passengers at Railway Stations and in the trains also. Provision/ augmentation of amenities at stations, including those for Physically Handicapped and differently abled passengers is a continuous process. In order to provide better accessibility to differently abled passengers, short term facilities as detailed below have been planned at all stations of Indian Railways:

  • Standard ramp for barrier free entry.
  • Non-slippery walk-way from parking lot to building.
  • Earmarking at least two parking lots.
  • At least one toilet (on the ground floor).
  • Signages of appropriate visibility.
  • ‘May I help you’ Booth.
  • At least one drinking water tap suitable for use by differently-abled persons. 

In addition, long term facilities as detailed below have been planned at ‘A1’, ‘A’ & ‘B’ category stations:

  • Engraving on edges of platform.
  • Provision of facility for inter-platform transfer.

Presently, all identified short term & long term facilities have been provided at about 790 stations over Indian Railways. The expenditure on works pertaining to provision of amenities at stations for differently-abled passengers are generally funded under Plan Head – ‘Passenger Amenities’. Allocation of 1748.50 Crores have been made under this Plan Head for the current financial year.

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