Catch­ing a mov­ing train? Blue light to stop you

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - STAFF RE­PORTER

The Cen­tral Rail­way (CR) has de­vised a novel idea to warn com­muters against board­ing a mov­ing train. The CR has planned to in­stall blue light at the gates of coaches to guide the pas­sen­gers about the train’s move­ment. “It will help the rail­ways re­duce the num­ber of ac­ci­dents. Most com­muters try to board a train in mo­tion,” said a CR of­fi­cial.

Rail­way min­is­ter Piyush Goyal con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment. “In Mum­bai, for the pas­sen­gers climb­ing in the train, blue light is be­ing in­stalled at the gate of the coach, which will guide the pas­sen­gers that the train has started. It will pre­vent ac­ci­dents when the pas­sen­gers are try­ing to board the train.”

The CR has in­stalled a blue light vis­ual in­di­ca­tor just above the en­trance of one EMU coach for guid­ing the com­muters not to board the run­ning train, at the last mo­ment. Un­like METRO Trains or AC EMUs, which have an elec­tronic door closer and due to the im­prac­ti­cal­ity (suf­fo­ca­tion, etc) of pro­vid­ing doors on non-AC EMU coaches, the blue light vis­ual in­di­ca­tor is be­ing tried at present.

“The blue light vis­ual in­di­ca­tor shows when not to board the train be­fore it is un­safe and draws a bound­ary on the plat­form which is the min­i­mum clear­ance level for com­muters to avoid ac­ci­dents while the train is in mo­tion,” said a rail­way of­fi­cial.

The work of in­stal­la­tion of blue lights was car­ried out in Kurla Carshed of CR un­der the guid­ance of DK Sharma, GM, CR. “We will be mon­i­tor­ing the per­for­mance of the new blue light vis­ual in­di­ca­tor and based on out­come and com­muter feed­back, it will be de­cided whether the lights should be in­stalled at other sub­ur­ban trains,” said Su­nil Udasi, CPRO, CR.

Mean­while the com­muters have raised a ques­tion stat­ing what should they see while board­ing a train a light on head or plat­form or gap be­tween the plat­form and coaches. “We are al­ways in hurry to board a train so we can oc­cupy the seats. The ini­tia­tive won’t make any dif­fer­ence to com­muters’ life,” said a com­muter.

An­other com­muter said in­stead of wast­ing money on such things the rail­way should im­prove ser­vices, a ma­jor is­sue dur­ing peak hours.

Vis­ual In­di­ca­tor emits a beam of light over the en­trance when a train starts, tak­ing a di­rec­tion from the guard, who sig­nals to start. Thus, the com­muter is alerted and warned of the danger of be­ing too close to the train on the plat­form, thereby guid­ing him/her to back off. The de­vice will def­i­nitely act as a psy­cho­log­i­cal bar­rier from board­ing the mov­ing train and also as a de­ter­rent to peo­ple not to board the run­ning train.

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